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Faculty and Instructors

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Recommend that students enroll in graduate courses for multilingual students that focus on written academic English (ESL 116G) and spoken academic English (ESL 114G).

Recommend English skills workshops. The English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center (EPPIC) at Penn State offers a range of workshops for international students and scholars that focus on advanced academic spoken and written English, including email writing, practicing for job interviews in the U.S., conversational English for academic purposes, and avoiding plagiarism. Workshops are free; registration is available on EPPIC’s website.

Suggest Individual Consultations (EICs). EPPIC Individual Consultations (EICs) are available to international students and scholars who would like one-on-one help with their academic speaking or writing skills in English. Appointments for EICs (led by tutors who specialize in working with multilingual students) can be made online.

International students can participate in weekly Speak UP! Conversation Group sessions, led by an experienced multilingual teacher from EPPIC, to learn about university language and culture and to gain practice and confidence in their speaking skills in English. 

Students seeking to practice conversational skills, expand their social circle, and learn more about everyday life and culture in the U.S. may request a Global Conversation partner by contacting Wenjie Fu in Penn State’s Office of Global Programs.

Attend workshops. Faculty and instructors are invited to attend workshops (offered each semester) on ‘best practices’ for teaching international multilingual students, organized by EPPIC.