English Language Learning Program

The English Language Learning Program (ELLP) assists students with English language needs in succeeding academically, professionally, and socially at The College of Wooster. Support is offered through the following programs:

English Engagement Seminar (EES)

Prior to the start of Fall Orientation, the intensive, twelve-day English Engagement Seminar (EES) is offered for incoming international students. Students practice oral and communicative fluency as well as academic reading and writing skills, preparing them to successfully complete their first semester at the College. The EES also includes several social events and local excursions. Participants in the EES earn a half-credit and are also able to receive their freshman housing assignments ahead of time to begin settling in to their new home!

To find out more about this program, contact Reon Sines-Sheaff (Admissions) or Carla Reyes (English Language Learning).

Global Engagement Seminar (GES)

Utilizing writing skills learned in the English Engagement Seminar, GES is a class for both international and American students. Students will discuss “hot topics” in American culture and explore themes from global perspectives. 

ELL Writing Studio and ELL Writing Studio II

This 0.25 credit workshop-style course is offered in the fall. Students learn the conventions of the English academic writing style and focus on refining rhetorical organization and persuasiveness, as well as mechanical correctness. Writing Studio is designed to correlate with First Year Seminar and other fall courses, so that students use and improve the writing assignments they are already doing during Studio class time.

ELL Writing Studio II, offered in the spring semester, builds on the writing foundations covered in the fall class with an added focus on style and accuracy. It is also a workshop course worth a quarter-credit, and students have the opportunity to use and improve upon spring semester writing assignments in the Studio classroom.

Peer Mentor Pairing

Imagine having that one, experienced student who you can ask any question of! Students in the ELLP are paired with experienced students in the fall semester who are available for students to consult with on any issue, from how to do well in a particular professor’s course to the best places to eat off of campus! Trained ELL peer tutors are available in the evenings and on weekends for students to come for extra assistance with course assignments or general language improvement.

English Cafe

Once a week, both ELL students and other students on campus get together for an afternoon of sharing games and English conversation. Students love the laid-back atmosphere and opportunity to practice speaking. This is a great way to make friends on campus.

Questions & Concerns

Need more information about English support at The College of Wooster? Please contact Reon Sines-Sheaff, Director of International Admissions, at 330-263-2001 or Carla Reyes, ELL Coordinator, at 330-263-2267.

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