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Academic Communication: Tutoring Services & Workshops

Students can find academic support in the Language Resource Center, office door shown here.

Students can find academic support in the Language Resource Center.

The ELIP Center for Academic Communication provides academic and professional communication tutoring services and on-campus workshops to all students at Ohio University.

The ELIP Center for Academic Communication is committed to providing international, domestic, graduate, and undergraduate students with high-quality tutoring that meets their academic and professional reading, writing, and oral communication needs. This can include academic papers or essays, journal articles, theses or dissertations, graduate school materials, class readings, or presentations.

Most tutors are graduate students and come from a variety of fields. They strive to help students improve their writing, reading, and oral communication abilities. The Center includes two writing labs—one specializing in undergraduate students and one for graduate students, a critical reading lab, and a pronunciation and presentation lab.

For more information, contact the ELIP Center for Academic Communication Director, Dr. Joseph J. Lee.

ELIP Speaking Lab

The ELIP Speaking Lab is where native English speaking undergraduate students and international students meet one-on-one for 30-minute conversations. Not only is it a chance to truly converse with people outside of one’s major, but it also is an opportunity for cultural exchange.

Beginning the third week of each semester, the Speaking Lab is typically open Monday through Friday in the early evening, facilitated by a knowledgeable manager. Schedules are set by the manager so that volunteers and students attend at the same time each week.

Up to seven pairs of students work together at a time in the Speaking Lab. Students check in and out, and attendance records are kept both for volunteers and international students so that they can receive course credit. The lab strives to have a 50:50 conversation ratio per pair so that each person has the chance to listen and speak. After participating in the Speaking Lab, students have reported increased confidence with speaking with people who have different accents and improved intercultural communication skills.

For native speakers, it is a chance to speak with people from around the world and to help speaking partners communicate more effectively while here. The speaking partners who volunteers work with come from many language backgrounds and countries including China, India, Japan, Nepal, Nigeria, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, and more.

For international students, the ELIP Speaking Lab is an opportunity to learn more about how English is spoken here by undergraduate students. For people who grew up speaking another dialect of English, the Speaking Lab provides the chance to discover which words and expressions are used by the volunteers and how they are pronounced here.

For those who need more practice speaking English, this lab provides regular practice for increased fluency and confidence. For ITAs wanting to pass the SPEAK Test, the Speaking Lab provides allows students to put into practice different pronunciation patterns that will increase intelligibility and provides ITAs with SPEAK Test practice opportunities for increased familiarity with the test.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lara Wallace, the ELIP Speaking Lab Director.

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