ELL Information

English Language Learning

For students whose native language is not English, adapting to American standards of academic discourse can be frustrating. Even if your native language is English and you are an international student studying in the U.S., there are differences in language, structure, class requirements, and other academic expectations that may be difficult to get used to. If you are experiencing difficulty in any academic areas at Gordon, please stop by the ASC on the 4th floor of Jenks to learn about the following resources. 

ELL Academic Counselor 

One-on-one appointments are available for international students for advising on study habits, study strategies, and time management skills, as well as support for English academic writing and reading. Contact Judy Swanson, ELL Academic Counselor, for more information: 978.867.4716.

Content Preview Tutoring Sessions

Gordon College's Core Curriculum explores the liberal arts and sciences from a Christian perspective. These courses are required of all students and call students to engage in class discussion, critical thinking and academic reading and writing. 

As foundational as these courses are for a Christian perspective on life and learning, the reading and writing expectations can be overwhelming for students who are new to American culture and are experiencing classes in a language different than their native language. Entering into classroom discussion proves challenging as well. In the words of one international students, "American students jump from topic to topic, drawing on [cultural] things that they've known since childhood." In order to help students prepare for class, the ASC offers Content Preview Tutoring Sessions of selected courses. These sessions will include: 

- A preview of a reading outline
- A presentation of context and background knowledge for reading
- A lesson in key vocabulary
- Time to discuss and prepare contributions for class discussions

These sessions support English Language Learners, enabling them to engage in the classroom-learning environment with added confidence and intentionality. 

The Content Preview Tutoring Sessions for COR107: The Great Conversation will be held on Sunday and Monday nights from 7:30-8:30pm in Jenks 406. 

English Lunch Table

International students may bring their lunch to Lane and join ASC staff weekly to develop conversational English skills and academic discussion strategies. The English Lunch Table will take place on Thursdays from 12:30-1:30pm. 

ELL and International Student Resources:

Purdue University's US Higher Education: A Cultural Introduction

Purdue University's Writing in North American Colleges

University of North Carolina's ESL Student Resources

Georgetown University's Cultural ESL Student Resources

Ohio University's English Resources

English Grammar Handouts