- Coordinator of the English as Second Language Intensive Program
Project ExCEL supports multilingual students at RIC by providing academic and non-academic support. Our Project ExCEL courses aid multilingual students and language learners academically.
This program supports multilingual students and language learners academically through:
- ExCEL Courses
- referrals to tutors and other RIC academic support services (the Math Learning Center, the Writing Center, etc.)
- peer study groups
- academic networking between peers
- personalized advice for navigating RIC administrative services (Financial Aid Office, Bursar’s Office, advising, etc.) and more
We also support multilingual students by making connections to:
- ExCEL Student Mentors
- campus resources (Counseling Services, Learning for Life) via referrals
- resources on and off campus (food, housing, etc.)
- peer to peer social networking
- other multilingual students at RIC
Our Project ExCEL Staff
These are not your average language classes!
In this program, you will conference with a professor and bring your assignments from other classes to the Project ExCEL meeting. During ExCEL class time, we review your work before you hand it in to your professor. Project ExCEL can help at ANY point of an assignment: beginning, brainstorming, organizing ideas, editing or finishing your final draft. All of this while receiving college credits!
2 Project ExCEL Courses
We offer 2 courses to help students with their academic needs:
|Course||Description||Semesters Offered and Hours|
ESL 180, 4 credits
This intensive course is designed to prepare students with the strategies to ExCEL in college and includes scheduled, weekly one-on-one conferences with your instructor.
You will learn & practice:
Fall, 4 hours per week
ESL 150, 1 credit
This course is designed as a weekly check-in with the Program Coordinator and a way to join RIC's bilingual student community. The course provides continual support until graduation, as students can take it during their freshman year, and continually enroll every semester. Keeping close connections with your ExCEL-lent bilingual community is an important key to staying in school and graduating!
During each weekly meeting, students:
Please Note: This course is open to all multilingual students on campus and past & present ExCEL students.
Fall and Spring, 1.5 hours per week
ESL 180, 4 Credits
- Mondays and Wednesdays, 8–9:50 am
- Course Number: 10895
- In-person: Craig Lee 109
ESL 150, 1 Credit
- Tuesdays, 7–8:30 pm
- Course Number: 10894
- Online, Synchronous
- Wednesdays, 12:15–1:45 pm
- Course Number: 10893
- In Person, Craig Lee 103
Who We Are
We keep in contact with multilingual RIC students. If there is anything we can help you with, we would love to hear about it. We are here to help with issues, whether in or out of the classroom.
How to Contact Us
How We Can Help
connect you with academic guidance
- help you with academic work and strategies
- advocate for you
- help you find on and off campus resources
- provide a social and academic support network
- promote peer to peer mentorship
65% of RIC graduates live and work in Rhode Island. Many have built their own Rhode Island-based businesses, enriching the R.I. economy.
Laura Faria-Tancinco ’15 (left) and Professor Emerita Nancy Cloud were recognized by the Rhode Island Teachers of English Language Learners.