Resources for English Language Learners

Self Assessment
The British Council offers a free self-assessment to help you determine which areas of English you have mastered and which may be the focus of improvement.

On Campus

IU South Bend ESL Program
In order to better facilitate class scheduling and registration, all incoming international students who place into one or more ESL classes after taking the ESL placement exam will be automatically enrolled in their prescribed ESL class(es) by the Monday before classes begin. Returning students will be pre-registered each semester in prescribed ESL coursework according to the established sequence. Students who are placed in non-ESL composition courses must register on their own or with their advisors.

Students who want to appeal their placement or adjust their schedules with regard to pre-registration for ESL course work must contact the ESL Program Director once assessment is completed.

For a complete explanation of ESL testing processes and courses, please refer to the ESL webpage.

Language Resource Center
The Language Resource Center in Wiekamp Hall, Room 1005, offers language study materials in a variety of media, including books, audio recordings and videos. You can arrange to meet a language exchange partner here and trade time practicing in your native language and English.

The Writers' Room and Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)
Schurz Library, 4th Floor
WriteWell coaching gives students the personalized, consistent attention they need to improve not only the papers they bring to the Writers' Room, but their overall skills as writers. For an entire semester, students are paired with a WriteWell coach who will design a supplemental curriculum tailored to their needs. Students meet with coaches for a combination of traditional, one-on-one tutoring and activities meant to address the specific writing challenges they face.

American Speechsounds for Healthcare Professionals
An accent improvement software available for use in the School of Nursing. You can practice words and phrases from “Hi” and “pain” to “We suspect subacute bacterial endocarditis.” and “A cervical chordotomy was done for intractable pain.” 

Listening & Pronunciation On the Internet

Cyber Listening Lab
The Cyber Listening Lab offers an array of topics and levels at which to study. Each topic includes pre-listening exercises, listening exercises, vocabulary activities, post-listening exercises and online investigations.

Duolingo is a free language-learning program that includes web and mobile formats. PC Magazines rates it among the best softwares for learning a language overall, even when measured against paid programs.

BBC Learning English
The BBC has many tools geared toward improving English vocabulary and understanding proper use of slang. This website is written in "Queen's English" so spellings of some words will vary from how they are used in America.

Test Preparation

Peterson's Publishing Admissions & Test Preps
TERC offers free electronic study guides and preparatory tools for numerous exams, such as the TOEFL, GRE and GMAT.

Kaplan Test Prep
Kaplan offers test preparation course for a fee with the benefit of taking practice tests in the same location as actual tests are administered.

Test Prep Practice
This site offers insight into a variety of tests like TOEFL, MCAT, GMAT, GRE,  LSAT, SAT, ACT, GED, PSAT and 50 other major tests.

For Immigrants

South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) offers free adult education courses to individuals in immigrant status (i.e. legal permanent residents, asylees, refugees, etc.). F-1 and J-1 students are NOT eligible for these classes. For more information, phone Joyce Juarez at 574-283-7564 or 574-283-7505.