Frequently Asked Questions

What courses are available for second language speakers of English?

You can take ESL015, American Academic Communication, our undergraduate class for international students. You will study academic writing and presentation skills in this class. ESL 015 is offered every semester, including summer.


Should I take ESL015 or English 015?

You can take ESL 015, American Academic Communication or ENGL 015, Rhetoric and Composition, as a first-year student. ESL 015 is a first-year writing class, similar to ENGL 015, but designed especially to support international undergraduate students.

You can discuss which writing class to take with your advisor. If you grew up speaking another language besides English at home, or attended a high school in a non-English speaking country, you should probably register for ESL015.


How can I get help with writing papers for my classes?

You can take ESL 015; make a tutoring appointment at Penn State Learning (the Writing Center) in Boucke 220 or with an EPPIC tutor in Boucke 220; or attend an EPPIC workshop on academic writing.


Where can I get one-on-one tutoring?

You can find tutoring for international undergraduates in Sparks 7, Boucke 220 and the Pattee Library through different programs. Check with your ESL instructor, the Writing Center in Boucke 220 or with EPPIC for details.


Where can I get help with giving presentations and participating in class?

You can go to the Speaking Center in Sparks 7 (Penn State Learning), schedule an appointment with an EPPIC speaking tutor (in 220 Boucke), or attend an EPPIC workshop for help with presenting and participating in class. Ask your instructor for suggestions too!


Where can I get tutoring in English?

You can find speaking tutors at the Speaking Center (Sparks 7) and at EPPIC tutoring in Boucke 220.


How can I get help with job interviews in English?

You can attend an EPPIC workshop on preparing for job interviews; you can also visit the Career Services building to participate in workshops, get advice, and do mock interviews.