English Language Learners

The English Language Learning team offers workshops and individual appointments for students whose first language is not English. One-on-one writing appointments are also offered by graduate student writing associates who have special training in working with English language learners. 

For more information about ELL services, contact ELLWriting@Brown.edu.

Seminars for English Language Learners

Monday, February 27th

English Language Learning Workshop: Brown Bag News

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This weekly English conversation group uses student-selected news articles as launching points for discussions about US culture, idiomatic language, and vocabulary. Lunch provided!

Tuesday, February 28th

English Language Learning Workshop: Speaking Series Session #1

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This four-part workshop focuses on the tone, rhythm, and stress of English. Participants will analyze speech patterns and have the opportunity to practice public speaking skills. This series aims to provide participants with the tools to use English confidently and clearly when speaking in academic or social settings. To gain the most from this workshop, it is recommended that participants attend all four sessions (on 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, and 3/21).

Wednesday, March 1st

Everyday English Workshops: Social Interaction

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:Sciences Library, 520
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Do you struggle to start a conversation in English? Do you find it difficult to jump into a group discussion? Norms for social interaction vary across cultures, and learning to do interact with others in another language and culture can be challenging. Join us for this English Language Learning workshop analyzing norms for conversation and interaction in the U.S. Participants will learn and practice techniques for initiating joining, maintaining, and ending a conversation in English. 

Monday, March 6th

English Language Learning Workshop: Brown Bag News

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This weekly English conversation group uses student-selected news articles as launching points for discussions about US culture, idiomatic language, and vocabulary. Lunch provided!

Tuesday, March 7th

English Language Learning Workshop: Speaking Series Session #2

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This four-part workshop focuses on the tone, rhythm, and stress of English. Participants will analyze speech patterns and have the opportunity to practice public speaking skills. This series aims to provide participants with the tools to use English confidently and clearly when speaking in academic or social settings. To gain the most from this workshop, it is recommended that participants attend all four sessions (on 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, and 3/21)

Wednesday, March 8th

Navigating Life at Brown: English Cultural Communication Series #3

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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We understand that for international students exploration means taking some risks, and we are here to help. Throughout the semester English Language Learning will offer a series of bi-weekly lunch workshops on English communication skills. This six workshop series is designed to facilitate your entrance into US campus life. Led by ELL Specialists, the workshops will be a safe space for you to voice, explore, and overcome your anxieties moving from one culture to another. Plus, there will be pizza!

Thursday, March 9th

Academic Writing for English Language Learners: Structure & Paraphrasing

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This four-part workshop series focuses on building the necessary skills for academic writing in the U.S. In this second session, we will consider what it really means to put something "in your own words." Participants will review English sentence structures and learn tools for paraphrasing. To gain the most from this workshop, it is recommended that participants attend all four sessions in the series (2/23, 3/9, 3/23 and 4/6).

Monday, March 13th

English Language Learning Workshop: Brown Bag News

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This weekly English conversation group uses student-selected news articles as launching points for discussions about US culture, idiomatic language, and vocabulary. Lunch provided!

Tuesday, March 14th

English Language Learning Workshop: Speaking Series Session #3

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This four-part workshop focuses on the tone, rhythm, and stress of English. Participants will analyze speech patterns and have the opportunity to practice public speaking skills. This series aims to provide participants with the tools to use English confidently and clearly when speaking in academic or social settings. To gain the most from this workshop, it is recommended that participants attend all four sessions (on 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, and 3/21).

Wednesday, March 15th

Everyday English Workshops: Traveling

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:Sciences Library, 520
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Do you plan to travel in the US or in countries where English is an official language? What are important words, phrases, and cultural expectations you need to know to have a safe and successful trip? Join us for this English Language Learning workshop exploring the language of taxis, trains, planes, and more. Participants will learn  vocabulary and practice interactions associated with traveling in the U.S. 

Monday, March 20th

English Language Learning Workshop: Brown Bag News

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This weekly English conversation group uses student-selected news articles as launching points for discussions about US culture, idiomatic language, and vocabulary. Lunch provided!

Tuesday, March 21st

English Language Learning Workshop: Speaking Series Session #4

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This four-part workshop focuses on the tone, rhythm, and stress of English. Participants will analyze speech patterns and have the opportunity to practice public speaking skills. This series aims to provide participants with the tools to use English confidently and clearly when speaking in academic or social settings. To gain the most from this workshop, it is recommended that participants attend all four sessions (on 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, and 3/21).

Wednesday, March 22nd

Navigating Life at Brown: English Cultural Communication Series #4

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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We understand that for international students exploration means taking some risks, and we are here to help. Throughout the semester English Language Learning will offer a series of bi-weekly lunch workshops on English communication skills. This six workshop series is designed to facilitate your entrance into US campus life. Led by ELL Specialists, the workshops will be a safe space for you to voice, explore, and overcome your anxieties moving from one culture to another. Plus, there will be pizza!

Thursday, March 23rd

Academic Writing for English Language Learners: Sources & Citation

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This four-part workshop series focuses on building the necessary skills for academic writing in the U.S. In this fourth and final session, participants will examine the cultural notion of intellectual property and learn conventions for citation from Associate Director of the Writing Center, Dr. Stacy Kastner. To gain the most from this workshop, it is recommended that participants attend all four sessions in the series (2/9, 2/23, 3/9 and 3/23).

Monday, April 3rd

English Language Learning Workshop: Brown Bag News

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This weekly English conversation group uses student-selected news articles as launching points for discussions about US culture, idiomatic language, and vocabulary. Lunch provided!

Tuesday, April 4th

English Language Learning Workshop: Listening Skills Series #1

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This four-part workshop focuses on building active listening skills in English. Participants will complete focused listening tasks, set personal language goals, and create a ‘playlist’ of listening resources. This series aims to bolster communication skills and aid understanding of the varieties of English students may encounter in their studies. To gain the most from this workshop, it is recommended that participants attend all four sessions (on 4/4, 4/13, 4/18 and 4/27).

Wednesday, April 5th

Navigating Life at Brown: English Cultural Communication Series #5

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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We understand that for international students exploration means taking some risks, and we are here to help. Throughout the semester English Language Learning will offer a series of bi-weekly lunch workshops on English communication skills. This six workshop series is designed to facilitate your entrance into US campus life. Led by ELL Specialists, the workshops will be a safe space for you to voice, explore, and overcome your anxieties moving from one culture to another. Plus, there will be pizza!

Thursday, April 6th

Academic Writing for English Language Learners: Clarity & Cohesion

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location:TBD
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This four-part workshop series focuses on building the necessary skills for academic writing in the U.S. In this third session, participants will characterize "clarity" in the context of writing, discuss the importance of clear expression in academic writing, and learn sentence structures that create clear and cohesive lines of thought. To gain the most from this workshop, it is recommended that participants attend all four sessions in the series.

Monday, April 10th

English Language Learning Workshop: Brown Bag News

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This weekly English conversation group uses student-selected news articles as launching points for discussions about US culture, idiomatic language, and vocabulary. Lunch provided!

Wednesday, April 12th

Everyday English Workshops: Jokes and Humor

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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Have you ever encountered situations in class or your social life where you feel like you didn’t understand why everyone else was laughing? Jokes and humor vary widely among cultures and it can be a tricky task to decipher them! Join us for an English Language Learning workshop where we explore humor, jokes, and sarcasm in the US cultural context. Please RSVP.

Thursday, April 13th

English Language Learning Workshop: Listening Skills Series #2

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This four-part workshop focuses on building active listening skills in English. Participants will complete focused listening tasks, set personal language goals, and create a ‘playlist’ of listening resources. This series aims to bolster communication skills and aid understanding of the varieties of English students may encounter in their studies. To gain the most from this workshop, it is recommended that participants attend all four sessions (on 4/4, 4/13, 4/18 and 4/27).

Monday, April 17th

English Language Learning Workshop: Brown Bag News

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This weekly English conversation group uses student-selected news articles as launching points for discussions about US culture, idiomatic language, and vocabulary. Lunch provided!

Tuesday, April 18th

English Language Learning Workshop: Listening Skills Series #3

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This four-part workshop focuses on building active listening skills in English. Participants will complete focused listening tasks, set personal language goals, and create a ‘playlist’ of listening resources. This series aims to bolster communication skills and aid understanding of the varieties of English students may encounter in their studies. To gain the most from this workshop, it is recommended that participants attend all four sessions (on 4/4, 4/13, 4/18 and 4/27).

Wednesday, April 19th

Navigating Life at Brown: English Cultural Communication Series #6

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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We understand that for international students exploration means taking some risks, and we are here to help. Throughout the semester English Language Learning will offer a series of bi-weekly lunch workshops on English communication skills. This six workshop series is designed to facilitate your entrance into US campus life. Led by ELL Specialists, the workshops will be a safe space for you to voice, explore, and overcome your anxieties moving from one culture to another. Plus, there will be pizza!

Monday, April 24th

English Language Learning Workshop: Brown Bag News

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This weekly English conversation group uses student-selected news articles as launching points for discussions about US culture, idiomatic language, and vocabulary. Lunch provided!

Wednesday, April 26th

Everyday English Workshops: Summer Plans

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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After a year of hard work you may be eagerly planning for the summer months ahead. What do people in the New England area do during those long summer days? Join us for this English Language Learning workshop to discover some of the cultural events and experiences you can look forward to in and around Providence in the upcoming months. Snacks provided!

Thursday, April 27th

English Language Learning Workshop: Listening Skills Series #4

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location:SciLi 520
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This four-part workshop focuses on building active listening skills in English. Participants will complete focused listening tasks, set personal language goals, and create a ‘playlist’ of listening resources. This series aims to bolster communication skills and aid understanding of the varieties of English students may encounter in their studies. To gain the most from this workshop, it is recommended that participants attend all four sessions (on 4/4, 4/13, 4/18 and 4/27).