The Center

Founded in 2009, ELLCenter offers professional academic courses to international students.  Its primary goal is to assist learners achieve their goals and succeed scholastically on the university level.

The Program

College Writing Made Simple is a supplement ESL program designed to assist students master reading and writing skills.  The program begins by laying a foundation for effective writing, and then moves into developing academic research essays.

Courses are designed to help students master the writing process, as well as gain a practical knowledge in grammatical structures, word usages, and academic language necessary for university coursework.

The Program Features:

  • Authentic reading passages that help students form ideas and thought
  • Presentations on grammar and vocabulary
  • Discussions on course topics
  • A focus on building academic vocabulary
  • Online, and interactive quizzes
  • Writing assignments and other class projects

The Teacher

Richard P Carrigan, MSE

Richard Carrigan has been an educator for over 30 years. He has experience teaching and developing curriculum for ESL classes in professional English, general conversation, and academic applications. He earned his undergraduate degree from Loma Linda University and his graduate degree from Shenandoah University.

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Our Mission

ELLCenter helps students from other countries achieve their personal and academic goals by providing meaningful and relevant online courses.



“Really, I am so happy that I have taken this online course. It is very useful and interesting.
This course has a good influence on me, I became more confident in myself, especially after the quiz’s results”. – Najat

“Thank you for fall semester! You are very great teacher! I was really encouraged by your words and attitude toward students. I finished all classes because of your encouragement! Thank you, – Aiko

“I`m writing this quick note just to tell you that the videos which you have uploaded to youtube were very useful to me!! Thank you!” – Gracie

“Thank you so much for teaching this. It is really helpful.” – Suzy