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 University of California, Santa Cruz

Found in Conversation

An English conversation circle sponsored by ISSS for visiting scholars and their families, where we discuss ways to adjust to local culture and language and utilize community resources. This circle is a great way to practice speaking English and get to know other members of the UCSC scholar community. See Events tab to sign up for the next gathering.

Speaking of Culture

A conversation and cultural exchange circle sponsored by ISSS for UCSC graduate students, offering a unique opportunity to practice your English while sharing your culture with your peers. See Events tab to sign up for the next gathering.

English in Action

International scholars and spouses 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, (831) 427-0984.

Learning Support Services

Drop-in Writing Tutoring available to all students at the ARCenter, room 216. Please visit Learning Support Services website for the current schedule.

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 in ability from absolute non-speakers of English to thoe who are nearly fluent. Contact the Santa Cruz Adult School for the latest course times and price 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 English language instruction to both students enrolled in the Santa Cruz 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 beginning, 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) 479-6478, or go to the Cabrillo College website.

Online

The Purdue Online Writing Lab
Free resources on general writing, citations, research, ESL, and more

The Writer's Handbook
Website created by University of Wisconsin covering many aspects of writing a paper

UsingEnglish.com
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."