The Minnesota English Language Program offers free, one-on-one English as a Second Language support to multilingual undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota.

Our consultants are available for 45-minute appointments in person or online via Zoom, during which you will be provided with support to improve:

  • Speaking: Conversation practice, class discussion skills, pronunciation
  • Listening: Strategies to understand lectures or classmates, note-taking
  • Reading: Strategies to read class texts, vocabulary building
  • Writing: Analyzing assignments, organizing ideas, editing grammar
  • Nonacademic English skills: American culture, social life

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."