Resources for English Language Learners

ELA students have full access to a variety of high-quality resources at UW-Whitewater and in the local community.

The English Language Academy and the Department of Languages and Literatures are home to three specialized English language courses specifically designed for non-native English speakers.  These courses are for university credit and will effectively meet the requirement for English courses such as English 101 and 102.

English 161: Advanced Academic Reading in ESL. 4 credits. In this course, students learn reading strategies to comprehend college-level reading material and to discuss challenging texts in a collegiate setting.

English 162: College Writing in English as a Second Language. 4 credits. In this course, students learn the elements of effective writing for university-level courses, with a focus on organization and grammar. Students also collaborate on a research project which they write up and present.

English 163: Introduction to U.S. Culture for International Students. 4 credits. In this course, students critically examine elements of U.S. culture and history in order to develop critical thinking and writing. Topics covered in this course prepare students not only to understand U.S. culture and history itself, but also provide students with essential background knowledge to participate in other university courses that require background knowledge in U.S. culture and history. Topics include U.S. civics and government, the role of religion in U.S. life, immigration, and changes in modern family structure.

Student Lounge Spaces

Across the campus there are spaces for students to talk or to study together. These spaces include lounge areas in academic buildings, the University Center, residence halls, and Andersen Library.  

Tutoring Services

Students may schedule appointments with an individual tutor to work on English language development, including writing. Contact the Academic Support Center for more information.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental instruction, or SI, is small-group tutoring directly related to courses. SI is a key element in ELA program's courses. SI tutors come to class and assist the professor. Then, in special tutoring sessions, the tutor guides students, as needed, to complete assignments. This specialized, small-group tutoring results in students' receiving higher grades.  

Computer Labs

There are two general access computer labs for all UW-Whitewater students, located in Andersen and McGraw Halls. In addition, there are computers for student use located in the University Center, Andersen Library, McCutchan Hall, and in some of the residence halls. Finally, students may work together on projects in hi-tech media rooms, called collaboratories. For more information, contact iCIT.   

Language Labs

Heide 302 offers a language lab with computers, headsets and microphones.  ELA students will use this lab for some classes.


ELA students have full access to the services and resources provided by the state-of-the-art Andersen Library.


D2L is a portal that professors will use to communicate with their students. For instructional videos and frequently asked questions

Technology Rental

With their UWW ID, ELA students may borrow technology from the UW-Whitewater Andersen Library.     

In collaboration with the Andersen Library, the English Language Academy has created a list of a variety of online resources which may be helpful to students learning English as another language. 

The primary purpose of the Library Guides is to point students learning English to reliable, academic resources for their first research experiences at UW-W.  It is focused on high-quality, academic resources that are accessible to English language learners at various proficiency levels. A second purpose is to provide guidance and a starting point for analyzing the reliability of resources that may not be provided through the library, and for discussing the U.S. American perspective regarding plagiarism and intellectual property.

We hope all English language learners will use these resources.

General Resources

This resource guide features library and research information students will find useful and worth learning during your time here on the UW-Whitewater campus, as well as after you leave us. Some resources listed are part of the Andersen Library collections. Some of these resources are only accessible to you during your time as a UW-W student, so after you leave you will need to see if your new library has them or something similar for you to use.

This guide was developed primarily for ELA students who are on campus for a short period of time, working on a specific class project. Because of the nature of the assignments, it includes few or no links to subscription databases. In this way, students may continue to use this guide after their stay at UW-W. This guide points students to cultural information for research projects. If you have feedback on these guides or would like to see additions made to the resource list, please contact

U.S. Culture Resources

Irvin L. Young Memorial Public Library

The Irvin L. Young Memorial library is located at 431 West Center Street in Whitewater.  It is open to the public and free to enter.    

Whitewater Unified School District's Adult ESL Courses

Enjoy free adult ESL courses on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM at Whitewater High School.  These classes focus on survival English for beginners, basic computer skills, and citizenship.  For more information, contact Sandra Heyer at

Research shows that student involvement on campus has a positive impact on a student's experience in college.  For an overview of what UW-Whitewater has to offer, visit the Student Life and Services.

Williams Center

The Williams Center and Kachel Field House are a state-of-the-art sports and recreation facilities managed by the UW-Whitewater Office of Recreation Sports and Facilities.  Whether running on the indoor track, using the golf hitting cage or putting greens, moving to the beat in the dance studio, taking a fitness class, swimming or diving into the refreshing pool, playing volleyball, basketball, racquetball, or simply relaxing, the Williams center and Kachel Field House have the activity for you!

University Center

The UW-Whitewater University Center, or UC, is a place for students, staff, and faculty to gather to study, eat, socialize, and meet.  The UC serves as the "living room of campus" with its own bowling alley, coffee house, art gallery, restaurants, and much more!  The UC's mission is "to provide a welcoming and supportive environment that contributes to the educational process and enhances the campus experience."    

Residence Life

UW-Whitewater Residence Life handles all aspects of living in an on-campus residence hall.

Dining Services  With the wide variety of cuisines and dining settings that UW-Whitewater Dining Services provides, IEI students will never go without a great meal.

University Health and Counseling Services

IEI students have full access to wonderful care at Ambrose Health Center run by University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS).  Many UHCS services are provided to students at little to no cost.

Young Auditorium

Built in 1991, Young Auditorium features annual seasons of diverse performing arts programs.  These programs serve as excellent educational and cultural experiences for IEI students.

Warhawk Athletics

Athletics and sporting events are a big part of United States culture.  The same holds true at UW-Whitewater.  There are teams suited for all levels of athlete in a wide variety of sports.

Wheelchair Athletics

Intramural Sports 

Club Sports

Academic Resources

Whitewater Unified School District's Adult ESL Courses

Enjoy adult ESL courses on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM at Whitewater High School for an annual fee of $25. These classes focus on survival English for beginners, basic computer skills, and citizenship. For more information, contact Sandra Heyer at

Irvin L. Young Memorial Public Library The Irvin L. Young Memorial library is located at 431 West Center Street in Whitewater.  It is open to the public and free to enter.


Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center The Whitewater Aquatic and Fitness Center has an indoor water park and daily adult open swim from 5:30 am-12 pm. UW-Whitewater students with valid ID get the reduced admission rate of $7.00 per day.

Bicyclewise Local Whitewater bike shop, Bicyclewise not only sells and repairs bikes, but they also rent them.

Cinemas of Whitewater The local movie theater in Whitewater shows newly released, first-run films for every kind of movie lover.


  • Jessica’s Family restaurant
  • The Black Sheep
  • Cozumel Mexican Restaurant
  • China House
  • Beijing Buffet
  • Rosa’s Pizza
  • Gus’ Pizza Palace
  • Culver’s
  • Karina’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Tokyo Japanese restaurant
  • Fratelli’s
  • Rocky Rococco Pizza and Pasta
  • Sweet Spot Coffee Shoppe
  • Taco Fresco
  • Subway
  • For locations and phone numbers to these local restaurants, click here.


  • University Bookstore
  • Wal-Mart
  • Sentry
  • Thrift Shoppe
  • Quiet Hut Sports
  • Floral Villa Flowers and Gifts
  • Maurices
  • BicycleWise and Sports Fitness
  • La Preferida
Global Experiences

Office of Global Experiences 

McCutchan Hall, Room 204
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
234 Carter Mall
Whitewater, WI 53190

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Phone: 262-472-5759
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Student Diversity, Engagement and Success

Student Diversity, Engagement and Success (SDES)

McCutchan Hall, Room 226
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

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Phone: 262-472-4985
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International Admissions

Office of Admissions

Roseman Building, Suite 2060
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
809 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

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Phone: 262-472-1440
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