English Language Learning (ELL)

The Program for English Language Learning (ELL) aims to support undergraduate and graduate students from linguistically diverse backgrounds in their mastery of English.


Two undergraduate English courses fulfilling core requirements are offered as a linked sequence during freshman year. Students place into the sequence after completing the English language assessment in early summer before their freshman year.

ENGL 1009, First Year Writing Seminar for ELL, (fall) provides students with important linguistic support to meet the rhetorical and grammatical challenges they face in writing. ENGL 1079, Literature Core for ELL, (spring) builds on the skills learned in ENGL 1009 and provides students the opportunity to explore literature in a small group setting (limited to 15) as they continue to refine their English writing skills.

For those students in ENGL 1009 and 1079 sections in need of individualized language support, the ELL Writing Specialist Program pairs students with a trained specialist during the semester. Each student meets weekly with her specialist to discuss ongoing writing assignments. (Students are referred to the program by their instructors.)


Language Training courses for Graduate Students are offered each year. ENGL 7700, English Language Training for Graduate Students: Focus on Speech and Presentation Skills, (fall) addresses the challenges non-native speakers face in oral communicability. ENGL 7701, English Language Training for Graduate Students: Focus on Writing, (spring) prepares students for the challenging writing tasks that await them at the graduate level.

Students interested in registering for undergraduate or graduate ELL courses should contact Lynne Anderson, ELL Program Director.