University Writing Resources for International Students
Student Writing Support (SWS) provides Multilingual Specialist Consultants to work with non-native speakers of English. They can help with anything from narrowing a topic to revising a final draft. Students can make appointments online, by phone, or as a walk-in at one of the SWS locations on campus at:
15 Nicholson Hall or 9 Appleby Hall.
Student English Language Support (SELS) is specifically for international students who need to work on a particular aspect of their English language skills. Trained consultants can help students with discussion and public speaking skills, writing, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, and reading comprehension skills.
Appointments can be made M-Th online, by phone, or in-person at 20 Nicholson Hall.
The Department of Writing Studies offers several courses specifically designed for NNS students and their language needs.
First-year Writing (WRIT 1301)
Technical and Professional Writing (WRIT 3562W)
Graduate Research Writing Practice for NNS (WRIT 5051)
Graduate Research Presentations and Conference Writing for NNS (WRIT 5052)
The Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) provides courses to help non-native speakers improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills:
The Intensive English Program is designed to prepare students for university studies or the TOEFL exam.
The Academic English Program is for undergraduate through post-doctoral students who want to be more effective in their studies, research, and work.
Peer Research Consultants: Students can have a peer help them with research questions, from narrowing their focus, to finding sources, to using correct citation.
Ask a Librarian: Students can get help via a live chat online, sending an email, or calling the library.
There also are workshops, research help, subject librarians, and video tutorials available as resources.
Teaching with Writing (TWW) has teaching resources, workshops, seminars, teaching consultations, and a writing “hunker” available to all instructors and faculty at the U of M.
Writing-Enriched Curriculum (WEC) offers academic units the opportunity to develop, implement, and assess discipline-specific undergraduate writing plans to articulate discipline-specific writing expectations and integrate them into instruction, assessment, and support.