English Language Resources

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.

University of California, Santa Cruz

Learning Support Services
Drop-in Writing Tutoring available to all students. Monday - Thursday, 3pm to 6pm at the ARCenter, room 216

LAAD 99: Advanced Academic English
Advanced Academic English is a 5-unit course offered during Winter quarter 2014. It is a course intended for International Students who would like to work on their academic English language skills. The course focuses on developing learners' vocabulary and pronunciation, on reading and speaking skills, on advanced level grammar (how to apply rules in spoken and written language), and culturally important issues related to studying in the US. 

There are two sections of the course. Section one meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 2-3:10. The second section meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1:45. Both sections meet in Humanities 110, in our interactive language lab. 

Students who are interested in taking this course can sign up through the instructors. Students should go to the classroom at the assigned time, and the instructors have the appropriate forms. The students fill out the top portion of the form, and the Language Program staff will help them register. 

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, kgrobe@wormdoctor.org, (831) 427-0984.

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.

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.


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.


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

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 2.2x: Principles of Written English
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."