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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Sharpen your English Proficiency Skills

The ESL program prepares students to successfully engage and learn with native speakers of English in college classrooms.  The program provides language instruction in a multi-level, multi-skill language program and cooperates closely with the UMC academic and student support offices.  The ESL program increases campus diversity and cultural experiences for all students.

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Sok Leng Tan

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Director of Global Programs

tans@crk.umn.edu | (218) 281-8569



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    Join Multicultural & International Club
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    ESL student in a classroom
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    Certificate for successful completion
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    American Culture Camp
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    For intermediate+ ESL Learners

ESL Admission Application, Tuition & Fees

ESL Courses

ESL 0301: High-Intermediate English Grammar (4 credits)
This course reviews and practices: dependent clauses and their reductions, quantification of noun phrases, unreal tenses and subjunctives, causative and sensory verbs, and clausal and phrasal connections. Does not count toward graduation.

ESL 0311: High-Intermediate ESL Speaking & Listening (4 credits)
This course focuses on both note-taking skills and comprehension of long lectures and the practice of the communicative skills necessary for debates, group discussions, and public presentations. Does not count toward graduation.

ESL 0321: High-Intermediate ESL Writing (4 credits)
This course focuses on full essay writing. Topics include: coherence and unity, process essays, comparison and contrast essays, cause and effect essays, opinion and argumentative essays, classification essays, and reactions essays. Does not count toward graduation.

ESL 0331: High-Intermediate ESL Reading & Vocabulary (4 credits)
This course emphasizes critical reading skills, speed reading, and vocabulary building for academic disciplines, as well as the continued practice of strategic reading comprehension skills. Does not count toward graduation.

Academic Calendar

Official Academic Calendar

Summer 2021 Programs

American Culture Camp

Explore Minnesota! In addition to authentic listening and speaking opportunities, the objectives of this camp include an appreciation of nature and giving international students an American college experience. Students will have ample access to the natural beauty and environment of Crookston and surrounding area; activities are planned to take advantage of the beautiful natural resources of the state of Minnesota. Students will also be able to connect with and provide service to the community during their stay here. This is an especially important component to a student's personal development, as we want all our young students to become responsible and caring global citizens. Learn more about American Culture Camp.

Language, Technology & American Teacher Training

The University of Minnesota Crookston is offering a program to Chinese instructors, faculty and staff who want to improve their English language teaching, engage in technology and further explore American Culture. Learn more Language, Technology & American Teacher Training.


English as a Second Language (ESL)


  • The ESL program is designed for the intermediate to high-intermediate ESL learners who wish to read, speak, hear, and write English for academic, professional, or personal purposes. The program offers semester sessions with a minimum of 20 or more hours of instruction each week.

  • Two consecutive four week summer ESL sessions will be offered at UMN Crookston.  The sessions focus on enhancing classroom communication skills as well as learning American teaching styles and study techniques. It is a perfect lead in for students beginning studies at a USA school in Fall semester.

  • The University of Minnesota Crookston offers conditional admission to academically qualified candidates who join the ESL program.  UMC’s English requirement for admission as a degree seeking student may be fulfilled upon successful completion of UMC's high-intermediate ESL courses.  Students are classified as non-degree seeking while studying ESL, and upon successful completion are automatically eligible to join the Bachelor programs.

  • Students who successfully complete the ESL Program will receive a certificate of participation.


At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Meet your future professors

  • Sok Leng Tan

    Director of Global Programs
  • Rae French

    International Student Advisor