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Who We Are


Penn State Language Services is a service of the Department of Applied Linguistics. The faculty and advanced doctoral students in the department are specialists in advanced English proficiency, and our goal is to help second language speakers of English to acquire the knowledge and tools they need to speak, read, and write professional English in pursuit of their academic and career goals. The department offers a number of programs for international undergraduate and graduate students, international teaching assistants, international visiting scholars and faculty, and all faculty who work with international students.

Find Us


Intensive English
Communication Program
Pre-matriculated international students
To provide instruction in academic English for university and professional purposes
  • Academic English
  • Academic skills
  • Test prep
  • Special programming
Dr. Jason Litzenberg


English as a
Second Language
Undergraduate (UG) and Graduate (G) students from all majors and departments
To support academic communication skills, provide cultural orientation, and introduce students to scholarly resources available on campus
  • First-year academic writing class (ESL15 UG)
  • Tutoring for academic writing (ESL5 UG)
  • Oral academic skills (ESL114G)
  • Research writing (ESL116G )
Dr. Deryn Verity


Teaching Assistant
Matriculated graduate students
To help international students develop the fluency needed to carry out teaching duties at Penn State
  • Oral English assessment
  • Pronunciation and speaking class (ESL 115G)
  • English for Teaching Purposes classes (ESL 117G and ESL 118G)
Dr. Stephen Looney


English for Professional
Purposes Intercultural Center
Matriculated undergraduate and graduate students, visiting scholars, academic professionals
To provide support to international students & scholars to master advanced academic and professional writing and speaking
  • Short-term support
  • Language workshops and tutoring
  • Intercultural awareness and interaction opportunities
Dr. Meredith Doran