The Minnesota English Language Program offers free, face-to-face English as a Second Language help to international undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota.

Our consultants are available for 45-minute appointments and walk-in consultations, during which you will be provided with one-on-one English language support to improve:

  • speaking skills for giving presentations, participating in class discussions, communicating with instructors and classmates
  • grammar in speaking and writing
  • listening comprehension of class lectures and discussions
  • reading comprehension of academic texts
  • vocabulary development
  • pronunciation
  • any other English as a Second Language need!

SELS Overview

This short video will help you learn more about SELS. You'll hear from the coordinator of the program, an English language consultant, and three SELS students.

What Students Are Saying

"After visiting SELS, I feel much more confident. The consultant seemed to fully understand my difficulties. I learned the strategies of reading and involving myself in discussion. It was my first visit and I got a huge feeling of support. Thank you."

"Here is a great opportunity to talk in English without hesitation."

"I think the session is helpful because the consultant not only helps me with what I have asked, but also how I can study on my own later on."

"The people in the program are very good at asking good questions about us. The suggestions the consultants give are very on point."

"The consultant recommended more polite expressions and helped me to use more specific phrases so that readers can understand me without confusion."

"The consultant helped me to understand the assignment questions. She respectfully listened and then gave me some suggestions/advice for my writing. Therefore, I could freely talk about what I think and want to write."