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English Learner Resources

We have compiled a list of additional English language learner resources from Northwestern, the local community, and online services that may be helpful.

Northwestern University English Language Resources

The Graduate Writing Place has locations on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses, to serve graduate students from all across Northwestern’s many schools, departments, and programs, as well as postdoctoral students and Northwestern faculty. Services are free to graduate students and offered by appointment.

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) provides professional support and advising services to international students and scholars at Northwestern University regarding student- and employment-based visa classifications within the Northwestern community. They also have a specific page for language resources. OISS also hosts events and programming related to living in the United States and connecting with other members of the international community.

The Media and Design Studio supports language instruction at Northwestern. The Activity space is equipped with computers and high quality headsets for online speech and language training, such as ELSA. Movie editing and web design software is also available on some computers, and some audiovisual equipment is available for check out. A valid NU ID (Wildcard) must be presented to check out materials from the lab.

Community Language Learning Resources

Norris Mini Courses occasionally offers low-cost English Language classes at the beginner level both to NU students and to the public. Classes focus on pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary in a relaxed, conversational setting.

The Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning (NUCASLL) in the School of Communication offers fee-based accent modification classes and one-on-one tutoring to members of the Northwestern community and the general public. Discounts are available for Northwestern students. Instructors are students and faculty in the Master in Speech Pathology program. NUCASLL can also provide diagnoses and treatment of hearing, speech, and language disorders that may affect communication in one's native language(s) as well as languages learned later in life. 

We maintain a list of local private tutors who are willing to work one on one with nonnative speakers of English for an hourly fee. If you are interested in setting up an appointment, please contact one of the tutors listed on our private tutors page.

Local universities and college English language programs:

Online resources

Artificial Intelligence Tools in the ESL Classroom (compiled by Christopher C. Cempter) is a list of online, AI-based  tools for reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as additional digital resources.

Native Advantage is a private company started by a Northwestern alumna that offers training over the internet in pronunciation, conversation, writing and presentation skills. All Native Advantage instructors are native English speakers and can work with students located anywhere in the world. Visit the website for more details:

Community For Accredited Online Schools Maintains a list of accredited, online learning options.

Coursera is an online source for English language courses developed by different universities.

The English as a Second Language Guide for Students from Maryville University offers a collection of resources and advice for international students. 

Mango Languages is a language-learning software program available for free through many local libraries, including the Evanston Public Library and the Chicago Public Library.  You'll need apply for a free library card first to access the software. Mango Languages provides instruction and practice in vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and culture in more than 50 languages including English. Mango Languages can be accessed through the web, or the Mango app can be downloaded for use with any iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device.

Online Collection of 100+ ESL/ELL Resources STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service) compiled a list of English-language resources for students, teachers, and parents.