There are many resources available at the University of Colorado for non-native speakers of English.
Options include classes for credit, non-credit classes, workshops, on-line resources, in person writing consultants, conversation hours, and tutoring.
CU Classes for Credit (included in CU Boulder main campus tuition). For more information, contact the Program for Writing and Rhetoric (Environmental Design Building, Room 1B60, phone 303-492-8188), or go to: http://www.colorado.edu/pwr
Classes may be used towards the full-time enrollment requirement for international students, and may satisfy Arts and Sciences core requirements are noted.
Courses offered through the IEC are in addition to CU Boulder main campus tuition.
Writing and citation guides
· Writer’s Help – (Bedford /St. Martin’s on-line handbook)
http://pages.mail.bfwpub.com/WritersHelp/About_Writers_Help/ An on-line handbook available to students for either a 2 year or a 4 year subscription. Students may buy it on-line or via the CU Bookstore. Some CU-Boulder students may be eligible for a scholarship for this resource.
See these IEC resources for style guides for citation and reference in different disciplines, and other helpful information.
University Libraries offer help with finding sources and doing research papers.
This is a link for subject specialists—librarians who specialize in various fields. Students are encouraged to make appointments with these individuals to receive one-on-one assistance with their research needs.
These handouts identify research techniques specific to the given academic field.
The ALTEC Lab in Hellems room 152 has ESL tapes and English language movies. For more information, call (303) 492-3779. Http://altec.colorado.edu/languagelinks/ESL.shtml also lists a selection of links to websites for television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and other media resources that are available to improve reading and listening skills. (CNN, CBS,BBC News, NRP, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economics, Scientific American)
Or connect directly to the following resources:
The Speech, Language & Hearing Center offers speech intelligibility assessments and a weekly accent reduction class. For details, contact 303-492-5375 or see http://slhs.colorado.edu/accent-modification-services/
Clearly Speaking is a comprehensive training program for individuals who speak English as a second language and wish to increase their ability to be understood by others and to improve their pronunciation of American English. Before starting the training program, group participants receive a thorough evaluation, in which their English pronunciation is carefully analyzed for errors that affect their ability to be understood. This evaluation sets a baseline from which individual goals can be set, and from which beginning of semester to end of semester performance can be compared. The Clearly Speaking group meets once per week for one hour.
Norlin Library also has a browsing collection of recent novels, juvenile books, DVD's and language learning materials.
Conversation Groups: Currently, CU Boulder students studying Arabic, Portuguese, and Japanese are meeting in bi-weekly conversation groups with native speakers who are studying at the IEC. The program is jointly coordinated by Mark Knowles (ALTEC), and Patti Juza and Susan Fouts (IEC).
International Coffee Hours Fridays: Each Friday when classes are in session in fall and spring semesters, CU students, faculty and staff are welcome to share informal and stimulating conversations from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the UMC Grill. Refreshments are provided by sponsoring CU Boulder offices.
ESL Tutors for a Fee: Please contact the International English Center at email@example.com if you are interested in working with a private tutor. Tutors are experienced English language educators with specializations in academic and professional communication. All tutors charge a fee for their services.
Last edit date: 4-8-2014
Contact person: Kaye.Orten@colorado.edu on behalf of Academic English Working Group