English as a Second Language (ESL) Center


The ESL Center provides one-on-one tutoring and support for the ESL students of our community. We have one-hour sessions. You can sign up for sessions in the ESL Center or by calling and scheduling an appointment. We usually work with our clients in conversation, pronunciation, written and verbal communication and American culture. We also provide support and practice for the Graduate Exemption Test (GET) and Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) tests. Our tutors are experienced ESL/EFL TAs, instructors and professors from NIU.

Please schedule an online appointment.


Before you schedule a SPEAK test, please be sure to get a practice test from the ESL Center. If your department has sent you a practice booklet, it may be out of date. Schedule a time to have at least one practice session with a tutor. After you've had a chance to look at the practice test and have had sufficient practice, please sign up for the test by emailing Patricia Rickett at prickett@niu.edu. Check with your department to see if it is you or the department who is responsible for the payment of the $50 dollar fee. SPEAK test results will be forwarded to your department within one week of the test.

ESL Resources

The ESL Center has a number of resources including a small library of books and materials. Please feel free to come by and use our library.

NIU Online Resources