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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.

The International Office 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. The IO also hosts events and courses in culture, spouse conversation groups, and the International Women’s Group.

The Media and Design Studio supports language instruction at Northwestern. 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 Speech and Language Clinic in the School of Communication offers accent modification classes and one-on-one tutoring to members of the Northwestern community and the general public. Instructors are students and faculty in the Master in Speech Pathology program.

We maintain a list of private tutors in the area 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

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.

Mango Languages at the Evanston Public Library Mango is a language-learning software available at Evanston Public Library and many other public libraries