English Language Resources

There are several English Language Resources for our students and scholars and their families at UC Santa Cruz, the surrounding area, and online.

At UC Santa Cruz

English in Action

International students, scholars, and/or spouses are invited to practice English for an hour each week, conversing with a volunteer American partner from the UCSC Women's Club. There is no charge to participate in this program. Contact Karin Grobe, karingrobe@gmail.com

Learning Support Services

Individual Writing or Reading Tutoring, Writing Groups, and Reading Groups are available to undergraduate students at Learning Support Services. Please visit the LSS Writing & Reading Support page for more information.

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers writing consultation services and tutoring designed to teach and support all students, undergraduate and graduate, in all aspects and phases of scholastic writing. All of the consultants either hold or are pursuing a graduate degree and are professionally experienced tutors, writers, and/or teachers. Consultants have diverse academic specialties to help you grow as a writer and to serve your varied academic needs with robust, personalized, and caring mentorship.


  1. Westside Writing Center (Oakes College room 111)
  2. Crown Writing Center (Crown Library 2nd floor)
  3. Stevenson Writing Center (room 107, behind and underneath the Stevenson Library)

Please register for an account to make an appointment at ucsc.mywconline.com. More information can be found on the Writing Center page.

Graduate Student Commons

Graduate students are invited to join Writing Together or Writing Together International at the Graduate Student Commons. More information on writing resources can be found on the Division of Graduate Studies Writing Resources for Graduate Students page.

In Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Adult School

English as a Second Language classes are 'open entry' throughout the year, providing instruction in English speaking, reading, writing, and listening for adults who range from absolute non-speakers of English to those who are nearly fluent. Contact the Santa Cruz Adult School for the latest information: (831) 429-3966

The Volunteer Center

Local volunteers work with scholars on an individual basis in English instruction. There is no charge for instruction. Contact Barbara Davis (831) 427-5070 for more details or go to their website.

Santa Cruz City Schools

Santa Cruz City Schools offer a range of services to English Language Learners enrolled in the Santa Cruz City School District and to their families.

In Aptos

Cabrillo College: English as a Second Language (ESL)

Offers courses specifically designed for students whose native language is other than English. Courses range from beginner, intermediate, and advanced language study to ESL for Job Hunting and the Job Market, Writing Improvements for ESL Students, Pronunciation Improvement, Vocabulary, Reading, and Note Taking. Fees are charged for these programs. Contact (831) 479-6400 or (831) 479-6310 or go to the Cabrillo College English as a Second Language website.


The Purdue Online Writing Lab

Free resources on general writing, citations, research, ESL, and more

The Writer's Handbook

Website created by the University of Wisconsin covering many aspects of writing a paper


A collection of ESL tools and resources

A College Student's Guide to Citation Style

A list of various citations styles and helpful links for each

American English

Resources for English Language Learners provided by the US Department of State

College Writing 2.1x: Principles of Written English, Part 1

A Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) designed as an "introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing."

College Writing 2.2x: Principles of Written English, Part 2

A Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) designed as an "introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing."