English Language Tutoring

Champlain College provides its multilingual learners with English language support so they can actively navigate classroom content. Through one-on-one, small group, and online tutorials, the ELL Tutor will support success in the core competencies of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

English Language Tutors Help Students:

  • Process, interpret, and evaluate language in a variety of situations
  • Effectively and efficiently articulate ideas in spoken and written language
  • Approach content-based language with greater understanding and fluency
  • Ask questions which demonstrate a deeper appreciation for content
  • Collaborate with their native English speaking peers inside and out of the classroom
  • Participate in extracurricular activities, thereby embracing the sense of community and mission of the institution
  • Serve as an advocate for self and others, recognizing that a greater appreciation for the nuances of the English language will lead to success
  • Promote the institution as a safe and supportive learning environment for speakers of multiple languages

Student-Centered Learning

The goal of the ELL Tutoring program is to reach out to all multilingual members of the Champlain College community, offering them individual and small-group tutorials based on a student-centered model. This model will empower students by strengthening their abilities in the foundations of English language fluency mentioned above. Every effort to accommodate the unique needs of each student will be made, and the Tutor will act as a facilitator for inclusivity by being a consistent contact for the ELL community.

Scheduling Appointments

Students may schedule appointments with an ELL Tutor and are asked to share the nature of their work and/or concern in advance, so the Tutor will know how to best prepare for the meeting. Advance preparation, as well as requiring students to be able to clearly define their assignments, questions and needs, will lead to greater productivity during sessions, and therefore, greater success in achieving fluency.

Find Support

ELL Tutoring is not a writing center or an academic coaching center, but rather a place where students will be challenged to acquire greater fluency in the English language. Processing and eventually subsuming academic language — greater applied fluency — will be the one true focus of this tutoring initiative, and students will learn to appreciate the similarities and differences between their first (and possibly second and third) language and the English language. ELLs are encouraged to work with ELL Tutoring, the Writing Center, and Academic Coaching along with the Accounting and Math Lab to access the full array of support they may benefit from.