English Language Learners

Rachel Toncelli, the Director of English Language Learning, 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. 

A schedule of upcoming workshops is below. All group tutorials and workshops are held in 203 J. Walter Wilson. 

For more information about ELL services, contact Rachel Toncelli.

Seminars for English Language Learners

Monday, October 27th

English Language Learners' Workshop: American Slang

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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What are they talking about? This workshop takes a look at slang for socializing in the States.

Wednesday, October 29th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!

Monday, November 3rd

English Language Learners' Workshop: Avoiding Common Errors

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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What are the most common errors in English Language Learners' writing?  This interactive workshop outlines frequent mistakes and develops editing skills to avoid them!

Wednesday, November 5th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!

Friday, November 7th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown International Writers' Blog

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Come be a part of an exciting new project!  This ELL workshop is designed to help international students develop blog posts on issues relating to cultural identity and international experiences.  What you write in this workshop may be published on a new international writers' blog.


You can build vocabulary, develop writing and editing abilities, and explore thematic issues that relate to your international experience while also communicating with the Brown community at large.

Monday, November 10th

English Language Learners' Workshop: American Slang 2

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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Back by popular demand, this workshop pins down more of the slang you need to socialize in the states.

Wednesday, November 12th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!

Friday, November 14th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown International Writers' Blog

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
Sign up for this event.

Come be a part of an exciting new project!  This ELL workshop is designed to help international students develop blog posts on issues relating to cultural identity and international experiences.  What you write in this workshop may be published on a new international writers' blog.


You can build vocabulary, develop writing and editing abilities, and explore thematic issues that relate to your international experience while also communicating with the Brown community at large.

Wednesday, November 19th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
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This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!

Friday, November 21st

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown International Writers' Blog

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
Sign up for this event.

Come be a part of an exciting new project!  This ELL workshop is designed to help international students develop blog posts on issues relating to cultural identity and international experiences.  What you write in this workshop may be published on a new international writers' blog.


You can build vocabulary, develop writing and editing abilities, and explore thematic issues that relate to your international experience while also communicating with the Brown community at large.

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown International Writers' Blog

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
Sign up for this event.

Come be a part of an exciting new project!  This ELL workshop is designed to help international students develop blog posts on issues relating to cultural identity and international experiences.  What you write in this workshop may be published on a new international writers' blog.


You can build vocabulary, develop writing and editing abilities, and explore thematic issues that relate to your international experience while also communicating with the Brown community at large.

Wednesday, December 3rd

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown Bag News Group

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
Sign up for this event.

This reading and conversation group uses student-selected news articles as a launching point for discussion on American cultural context, idiomatic language, and pronunciation.  Students pick the source material during the workshop so this session is completely focused on the language attendees need to conquer the newspaper.  Bring your lunch!

Friday, December 5th

English Language Learners' Workshop: Brown International Writers' Blog

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:J.Walter Wilson 203
Sign up for this event.

Come be a part of an exciting new project!  This ELL workshop is designed to help international students develop blog posts on issues relating to cultural identity and international experiences.  What you write in this workshop may be published on a new international writers' blog.


You can build vocabulary, develop writing and editing abilities, and explore thematic issues that relate to your international experience while also communicating with the Brown community at large.