Knowledge Base: I am an Undergraduate Student

Writing:

Take a class.  International undergraduates can register for a first-year writing course designed for multilingual writers, ESL 015: Composition for American Academic Communication.  This course offers structured practice in academic reading and process-based composition skills for speakers of English as a second language.  Students taking ESL 015 may also enroll in ESL 005:  Writing Tutorial, for additional writing support.

Attend workshops.  Undergraduate students are invited to attend workshops on academic writing that are offered throughout the year by EPPIC.  These workshops are free of charge.

Schedule a consultation. Students can schedule appointments for individual tutoring sessions for all stages of academic writing (from brainstorming to revising final drafts) at the Writing Center (Penn State Learning).  Appointments with EPPIC consultants who specialize in working with multilingual writers can be made here.


Speaking:

Attend workshops.  International undergraduates can register for workshops offered by EPPIC that focus on speaking skills such as small talk, participating in class, practicing for job interviews in the U.S., giving oral presentations, and working in groups.  EPPIC workshops also offer strategies for building social connections through language, and getting involved in student groups and organizations.

Join a group.  Students can participate in weekly Speak UP conversation group sessions, led by an experienced multilingual teacher from EPPIC, to learn about university language & culture and to gain practice and confidence in their speaking skills in English.  

Schedule a consultation.  EPPIC Individual Consultations (EICs) are available for international students who would like one-on-one help with their academic speaking and/or presentational skills.  Appointments for EICs (led by tutors who specialize in working with multilingual students) can be made here.

Request a language partner.  Internationals may request a Global Conversation partner by contacting Wenjie Fu (wenjiefu@psu.edu) in Penn State's Office of Global Programs.