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Welcome to the ECPI University Libraries LibGuide for English as an Additional Language. This guide was designed by the ECPI University Library faculty to help you learn more on how to better your understanding of English and the possible obstacles you are facing.  

Feeling Overwhelmed? Need to talk?

Are you feeling overwhelmed or homesick?

Want to talk to someone who can help?

Wellconnect offers FREE counseling to full-time students. Thanks to their partnership to better help, Wellconnect boasts therapists fluent in up to 56 languages.

In addition to online therapy, you still have access to face-to-face counseling, in-the-moment support, financial and legal consultations, resource referrals and more.

No matter what’s keeping you up at night, WellConnect is here for you. (Online therapy is only available for those age 18+).


ELL expert Susan Lafond explains the difference between the terms Basic interpersonal communication skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) and how it relates to social vs. academic language.



A look at the types of cognitive skills students need to develop, and the general academic language required to develop these skills and demonstrate learning through English.

Writing Center

Need help writing your papers?

ECPI has a Writing Center!

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Wherever you are in your writing journey, our individualized support is here for you. Whether you're just getting started generating ideas or putting the final touches on formatting and citations, we provide constructive feedback tailored to your needs.


Our goal is to empower you as an active participant in the writing process by giving you the guidance to refine and improve your assignments every step of the way.