Program for Intentional Learning (PIL)

Here you can find resources and information about language learning help available to you at CESL. The Resource menu has many links to improve your listening, reading, speaking and writing. You can also find out about the Independent Reading Program, or discover the Student Learning Center. If you need any help, contact one of the Learning Advisors, and find out what else you can do to become a successful English student.

Learning Advisors: Aziz Yuldashev ( and Sumayya Granger (


Spring 1 2019 Workshop Schedule

Where: CESL 205  |  When: Wednesday, 11:30am-12:20pm | Cost: Free!

Week Date and Time Topic
Week 2 January 16th (Wednesday), 11:30-12:20 Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Week 3 January 23rd (Wednesday), 11:30-12:20 Growth Mindset
Week 4 January 30th (Wednesday), 11:30-12:20 Understanding Culture
Week 6 February 13th (Wednesday), 11:30-12:20 Living and Studying in Multicultural Place
Week 7 February 20th (Wednesday), 11:30-12:20 Test Taking Strategies


Free Conversation Practice

Meet with volunteers from the University of Arizona to practice your conversation skills for free!

Conversation Club - Mondays 11:30-12:20, CESL 213
Table Talk - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30-12:20, SLC 212


Online English Practice Resources

Grammar Resources

All of these grammar websites are good for levels 1 – 7.

Listening Resources

Reading Resources

Speaking Resources

Writing Resources


CV, Resume and Statement of Purpose

If you need some help creating your CV, resume or statement of purpose, whether you're applying for graduate school or a new job, these resources can help! Also, remember you can always talk to a Learning Advisor to fid more ways to market yourself for the future.
This resources discusses the differences between a CV and a resume, while also describing what to include in a CV.
This resources has some great example CVs, as well as many tips for building the perfect CV for your graduate school application.
This resources has a description of the sections you need to include in your CV.
Princeton Review has some great tips about how to get started on your statement of purpose letter.
OWL Purdue has several resources for writing your statement of purpose.
This website has some good examples of statement of purpose essays for a variety of fields. 


TOEFL and IELTS Resources

The TOEFL and IELTS exams are very difficult tests. Use these recources to practice at home. Also, there is TOEFL program on the computers in the library that provide even more practice tests! 
The ETS website is the best place to start for TOEFL prep. They have a study planner and lots of example test questions.
Magoosh has some resources that you have to pay for, but their online blog is free. They also have an app you can download for free to practice TOEFL vocabulary.
ETS has a youtube channel with tons of tips and practice!
EnglishClub also has some useful TOEFL exercises, especially if you are just getting started with studying for the TOEFL.
The official IELTS website is a great palce to start sutdying for the IELTS. You can familiarize yourself with the types of questions you will have to answer.
The British Counsil has an online course that can help you prepare for the exam, including up to 30 hours of preparation materials if you have already registered for the exam.
This site provides some graet free materials to help you practice!