RIDES is a program to help English Language Learner (ELL) students at MSU Denver with practical writing skills not covered by a traditional writing center consultation. RIDES sessions will help ELL students with the lower order concerns (article use, punctuation, grammar, etc.) unique to their situation.
The RIDES program will pair each student with a writing center consultant trained specifically for this program. The pair will work together for the entire semester, with a commitment of a 30-minute session every week. Together, the student and consultant will identify areas of improvement, and work together to develop English language skills by working on specific assignments for class, as well as tutorials and customized exercises.
Beyond the 30-minute sessions, RIDES students will also have access to specialized tools and unique opportunities. We will also offer the option to try to work with your instructors, if desired, to identify areas for development and receive feedback on improvement.
Students who complete the program will be able to take part in a party at the end of the semester and will be eligible for prizes and awards.
Apply now by clicking the link above, and learn more by going to the RIDES section of our website.
English Language Learners: What can the Writing Center do for you?
At MSU Denver Writing Center, we know that the population we serve is quite diverse. Therefore, we always want to maintain a welcoming environment for all of our students, including our English Language Learners. If that's you, we hope that you will trust us to help you improve your writing and communication skills to meet the high demands of university writing, while showing you the respect that you deserve as an individual with your own history, life experiences, and unique voice.
We offer individualized help with writing for any MSU Denver student. Trained consultants work with writers to define goals for each session by helping them:
- decide on a topic
- clarify and organize their ideas
- research, draft, and revise their work
- cite and draft sources (correctly)
- improve grammar, punctuation, and usage
We welcome all ELL students and are eager to help them grow as writers. Learning a new language, however, is a long, on-going process, and we want students to have realistic expectations of what can be accomplished during a writing consultation. For instance, ELL writers should not expect consultants to perform line-by-line editing and correction of papers.
We have found that some of the most difficult errors for ELL students to eliminate are a matter of convention; that is, they are learned through regular use of the language rather than by learning and following rules. The more typical errors include misused prepositions, missing or incorrect articles, and misused auxiliary or “helping” verbs.
If you are an English Language Learner, there are several things you can do to improve your English and your grasp of prepositions, articles, and auxiliary verbs:
- Read, read, read! 📚
- Take advantage of local resources (found under “Resources for English Language Learners”).
- Make a recurring appointment at the Writing Center to work on your writing every week.
Resources for English Language Learners (ELL)
On Campus Resources
Immigrant Support Services. Provides advising and academic support services for immigrant and international students. 303-556-4048 / SSB 230 / Gregor Mieder (Director): 303-605-5390 / firstname.lastname@example.org
College of Denver ESL Programs. Offers basic, intermediate, and advanced ESL classes. Fees apply. 303.556-8455 or contact Bobbie Ware: email@example.com
- Spring International Language Center. Offers six levels of ESL instruction; TOEFL, GMAT, and GRE prep classes; activities, trips, and American conversation partners. Fees apply. 303-534-1616
Off Campus Resources (Free)
- Arapahoe Library District. English conversation circles, ESL classes, computer classes in English, Spanish, Russian. 303-542-7279 / https://arapahoelibraries.org
- Church in the City. Offers all levels of ESL classes and free childcare. 1530 Josephine St. / 303-322-5733.
- Trinity United Methodist Church. Six levels of ESL classes on Tuesdays. 1820 Broadway / 303-839-1493
- The Learning Source. ELL classes in Lakewood and Aurora. 303-922-4683 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Off Campus Resources (Fees Apply)
- Emily Griffith Opportunity School. 1250 Welton St, Room 248 / 720-423-4752
- Focus Points Family Resource Center. Offers ESL classes at a variety of levels and locations. 2501 East 48th Ave./ 303-292-0770 / focuspoints.org
- Intercambio de Comunidades. Six levels of ESL classes. 303-433-0190 / intercambioweb.org
- Asian Pacific Development Center. Aurora. 303-365-2959 x 119 / apdc.org
- Mi Casa Resource Center. ESL classes with free childcare for children 4 years old and up. 360 Acoma St / 303-571-1881 / micasadenver.org/
General ELL Resources
- Colorado Department of Education’s Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cde_english
- Denver Public Library's Immigrant Resource Guide: https://www.denverlibrary.org/services-immigrants
Online ELL Resources
Below are some resources that we have compiled to assist ELL students. If you know of any other sources that you think we should provide links to here, please let us know! We always want to make sure that we are offering the best and most up-to-date resources to our students.