Consultations and Workshops

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You may have questions about a variety of topics related to supporting multilingual students and wish to schedule an in-person meeting. To set up a consultation, contact Alyssa Bonnac, the ESL Faculty & Staff Liaison, at Alyssa is available for consultation on a variety of topics, including:

  • Recommending strategies to better support multilingual students in your course, department, or office
  • Developing a custom ESL course that helps students improve their English in a discipline-specific area (such as English for Business or English for Physics)
  • Providing workshops to students in your area on a specific support topic

MELP Liaison

Alyssa Bonnac received her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and her master’s degree in teaching English as a second language. She has been working at the University of Minnesota for over 10 years to support students and faculty. In addition to teaching English as a second language courses, she has provided professional development programming through the Center for Applied Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA).

She can be reached at



Minnesota English Language Program Workshops

Here is just a sampling of workshops MELP offers.

  • Strategies for the Multilingual Classroom
  • Improving Class Participation for Multilingual Learners
  • Supporting Multilingual Students in Group Work
  • Providing Effective Feedback to Multilingual Learners

Contact Alyssa Bonnac at for more information or to schedule a training for your department.

Center for Educational Innovation Workshops

The Center for Educational Innovation offers a variety of support and resources for faculty, instructors, and TAs, including:

International Student and Scholar Services Workshops

The ISSS Intercultural workshops combine intercultural competency and skills development with discussions of the unique practices, customs, and values of some of the largest international student populations on our campus.

Each session helps U of M staff members gain greater cultural self-awareness, an understanding of the contributions of international students, and communication skills to improve interactions and relationships with international students, staff, and faculty.