Student ServicesEnglish Language Lab (ELL)

ELL: Who We Are

Concordia University St. Paul’s English Language Lab (ELL) provides free English language support services for non-native English speakers. Culturally sensitive student ELL staff provides direct English learning support in both a small group format and individual appointments upon request and availability. Our goals are to help students develop confidence when using English, improve academic skills and grow as independent learners.

What We Do

ELL staff work with students to provide support in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Understanding assignments & class expectations
  • Public speaking
  • Preparing for class presentations
  • Strategies for class participation
  • Vocabulary development
  • Note-taking skills
  • Exam preparation
  • Setting academic goals
  • Time Management

Meet our Global Mentor Tutors


Kara Zieroth is a Christian Ministry major in her fourth year at Concordia. She enjoys all sorts of things including food, movies, food, reading, food, baking, and having adventures. And don’t forget food. In March she went on a two-week backpacking journey through Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Scotland, and England. In addition to those places she has traveled to Mexico and the Dominican Republic. She was born in Canada so she likes to say that she connects with international students being slightly international herself. Kara will get married this July and hopes to start a family after graduation. As well as find a job serving the less privileged in America.


Joshua [Josh] Eckstein is a 5th-year Senior in the Director of Christian Education [DCE] program here at Concordia. Josh has spent this past year in a year-long internship at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mesa, Arizona. While the “winter” season in Arizona was much more pleasant in Arizona, Josh longed to come back to Concordia, and especially to his fiancee. A few short weeks after Josh got back home from his internship, he got married to the love of his life and can now proudly call Kara Eckstein his wife! [formerly known as Kara Zieroth] As both Josh and Kara have one year of academics left at Concordia, they continue to look forward to their life after graduation. Things are still up in the air at the moment, but Josh and Kara hope to find Josh a job in a church somewhere and start a new chapter of their lives wherever they may end up. When Josh is not lying around watching Netflix or YouTube, he has a myriad of other hobbies he loves to do. Taking photos of the beauty found in nature, taking walks to clear his mind, eating whatever delicious food his wonderful wife cooks for him, and becoming a Pokémon master are just a few things that Josh tries to squeeze into his spare time. Other interesting facts about Josh include that he’s originally from North Dakota, he can solve a Rubik’s Cube in about one minute, and he’s known to wear at least one Pokémon shirt per week. Josh looks forward to getting to know the international students and helping them transition to life in the United States.


Vannessa Nguyen is in her third year at Concordia with a Psychology major and Sociology minor.  On campus, she also is a Peer Advisor and is the president of Jubilate Choir.  She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, but grew up in Orange County, California. Vannessa was a Girl Scout for 12 years and is still closely connected with her troop members. After she graduates, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work in hopes of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, emphasizing in children and mental health. Vannessa is a strong mental health advocate and wants to get involved with suicide prevention. She also takes immense pride in her Vietnamese culture and descent. She wants to be able to visit Vietnam and teach the children English, sometime in the future. Aside from schoolwork, Vannessa enjoys various forms of entertainment and art. Some of the works she has done includes: singing, dancing, and modeling. She has also produced, directed, and choreographed an entire production.


Pakhoua Vang is a senior majoring in International Studies and minoring in Hmong Studies. Pakhoua is the President of both Concordia Hmong Unity Student Association and the Global Student Club at Concordia Univeristy. She finished the Ignite Leadership Program and is completing her Impact Leadership Program this spring. She is also a Student Success Coach and was a Comet’s Crew – Orientation Leader. Pakhoua’s favorite thing about Concordia is the many opportunities to get involved and evolve as a leader. In 2015 she studied abroad in South Korea for one year. It was a life changing experience that she will never forget. Pakhoua enjoys trying new food, dancing a variety of cultural dances, traveling and exploring unfamiliar places and loves to wear different cultural clothing. After Pakhoua completes her undergraduate degree, she hopes to be accepted into the University of St. Thomas’ Leadership in Student Affairs program to expand her knowledge and leadership skills. She wants to learn and use what is taught in the program to apply to her career passion of encouraging and mentoring students to study abroad and help international students the best she can.

Contact English Language Lab

The ELL is located in Marshall Building Room 130.

For general questions email or call 651-641-8883.

You can request assistance or your professor may send us a referral form. If referred, the ELL will connect with you to arrange a time to come in and discuss your needs. To ensure tutor availability and maximize your time at the ELL please make an appointment.