This website, maintained by the Minnesota English Language Program, provides faculty, instructors, and staff at the University of Minnesota with strategies to serve multilingual learners more effectively—in the classroom, in advising sessions, and through other exchanges. Each resource here includes research-based tips on key topics, and incorporates student, staff, and faculty perspectives.  

For more in-depth research on supporting multilingual students, see the report on our recent survey findings.

Why "Multilingual Learner"?

We primarily use the term "multilingual learner" to describe students for whom English is not a first or primary language. Other terms are commonly used at the University of Minnesota, such as EFL (English as a Foreign Language), ELL (English Language Learners), ESL (English as a Second Language), NNS (non-native speaker); however, we prefer this one because it promotes an equality of languages and doesn't focus on a language deficiency. 

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    Do you have a tip for supporting multilingual students? We'd love to hear from you. Share your story with us