English language skills

Minnesota English Language Program (MELP)

ESL Courses
Take a for-credit ESL course. MELP ESL courses help non-native English speakers improve English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for success in a university classroom or in the workplace.  Some courses are designed to specifically help students with major-specific content, for example, Integrated Skills for Academic English (ESL 3001), English for Business Interactions (ESL 3006) and English for Physics (ESL 3007).  

Course content focuses on polishing English skills to succeed in university-level classes, specifically in relation to small group discussions, interactions with instructors/peers, editing academic writing, working with grammar in course papers, vocabulary building.

This course is designed for high-intermediate to advanced non-native speakers of English who are currently business majors or in a closely related major. The goal of this course is to help students polish their English skills for effective and culturally appropriate communication in the world of business. The course covers topics such as email for business communication, successful group work, cultural values, communication styles, interviewing, networking, and delivering effective presentations. 

Students taking this course will gain more support and practice with the conventions of writing scientific lab reports, applying the concepts of academic integrity, interacting and participating in lab discussions, interpreting authentic texts, and understanding the cultural norms for seeking additional academic/social support. 

Appointments for free, one-to-one ESL support with an ESL consultant. Get help with specific questions and polish English skills. Appointments can help with issues such as speaking, organization and grammar in writing, listening comprehension of class lectures, reading comprehension of academic texts, vocabulary development, interview techniques, presentation skills, and pronunciation.

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

International Buddy Program
New students can get a mentor at the U of M, mentors assist in easing the transition of new students but also can be a language and cultural exchange partner.  IBP events occur throughout the academic year which also give a international students an opportunity to connect and practice English with other students.
Practice English in a comfortable, safe group of international and domestic students meeting once per week during the semester.

Center for Writing / Student Writing Support

Writing Consultations
Free face-to-face and online writing consultations.  Available by appointment and drop-in.


Face-to-Face Exchanges
Improve your English by getting a language conversation exchange partner. Language partners are typically other students. Typically, the partners meet for about two hours every week.  Partners can be either one-to-one or groups.

Department of Writing Studies

Writing 1301 (Non-Native English Speaker Section)
4 credit course to fulfill Writing 1301 requirement for undergraduates.  Course sections available specifically for non-native English speakers.  Course instructors for NNES sections have backgrounds in ESL/Linguistics.  More time can be spent on addressing English concerns.