Want to Improve Your English Skills?

Welcome to the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) at the University of Minnesota! MELP provides English as a Second Language (ESL) courses that can help English learners develop their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Courses are offered for credit or noncredit and serve high-beginning to high-advanced English speakers.

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Minnesota English Language Program Overview

Mission Statement

Improve English language skills of students at the University of Minnesota, helping them develop cultural understanding and the communication, critical thinking, and academic skills needed to be successful in academic, professional, and social settings.

Help internationalize the University of Minnesota by providing native speakers of other languages access to the University, serving as a resource to University programs and faculty who work with multilingual students, and fostering greater understanding of linguistic and cultural diversity.

Support the ESL profession by offering training opportunities for ESL teachers, providing continued development for ESL professionals, and contributing to the field through presentations, publications, and collaboration on research in second-language teaching and learning.

MELP is committed to the guiding principles of the University of Minnesota and contributes to the larger mission of the University. See also College of Continuing and Professional Studies Core Values and UMN Regents Policy on International Education and Engagement.

Contact Information

612-624-1503 or 1-800-234-6564

Office Location: 20 Nicholson Hall
Office Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; closed on Fridays
Virtual Front Desk Hours: Wednesdays, 8:30–10:30 a.m.; Fridays, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

Note: If you are visiting our office in person and do not have a U Card, please call us so we can let you into the building.