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English Language Learning (ELL) Pathway

The English Language Learner (ELL) Pathway is a series of classes designed for students who want to improve their U.S. English skills. These classes take the place of “developmental-level” reading and writing courses.  They are designed to help students succeed in the classroom, workplace, and beyond.

The ELL Pathway is for you if either of the following is true:

  • You speak English as a second (or third, or fourth, or fifth…) language.
  • You learned English somewhere other than the United States.

For more information, or to sign up for your ELL Pathway courses, please do any of the following:

  • Click on any of the “ELL Pathway” links under “More in this Area” on the left side of this page 
  • Talk to anyone listed in the “People to Contact” list on the right side of this page
  • Talk to an academic advisor


College Readiness Brochures




Today, English is spoken all over the world. According to North Carolina State University, over fifty countries have English as an “Official Language and the Language of Instruction in Higher Education.” 
 No matter which style of English you are most comfortable with, learning to use U.S. or North American English in a college setting takes time and patience.
Over 32,000 people in Anoka and Isanti Counties speak a language other than English at home, according to recent census data.


Jennifer Willcutt
ELL Reading Instructor
Rm. H209, Coon Rapids Campus

Beata Pueschner
ELL Writing Instructor
Rm. SC273A, Coon Rapids Campus

Greg Rathert
Dean of Arts and Letters
Rm. C232, Coon Rapids Campus

Stacy Brunsgaard
Rm. C246, Coon Rapids Campus

Brian Okstad
Conversation Partners
Rm. S201, Coon Rapids Campus