ELP at Heller
English Language Programs holds tutorial hours every week throughout Fall and Spring semesters for students at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
ELP tutorials help students develop their skills in all areas of language, including academic writing and critical reading, as well as pronunciation, listening and speaking. This university-sponsored service is free to all Heller students and provides a safe space to work with highly trained language specialists.
Spring 2024 consultations will be offered in person in Heller 146 and online, presenting an opportunity to work on Academic Writing and/or Oral Communication skills from the convenience and safety of your own workspace.
Academic Writing Support
Dr. Scott Moore, Associate Director of ELP, leads the writing sessions and helps students with academic papers (including individual course assignments and larger thesis projects), application materials and professional writing. Every session is individually tailored to student goals and needs, and students may choose to focus on any aspect of the writing process.
Dr. Moore helps students develop critical reading and note-taking strategies; strengthen argument, analysis and structural logic; learn academic citation practices; and/or advance sentence-level editing and revision techniques. When focusing on the latter, Dr. Moore works with students on grammar, mechanics, word choice and sentence structure, and encourages the development of greater self-editing ability. In a given session, students can expect to improve a particular piece of writing (or prewriting) and to work toward increased future autonomy.
Please email Dr. Scott Moore to discuss additional appointment options.
Academic Oral Communication Support
Ms. Angela Tribus Ramos, Associate Director of ELP, leads the oral communication sessions and works with students in their areas of expressed need, most commonly pronunciation, presenting in English and interview skills. Subtopics include articulation and clear pronunciation of specific phonemes (sounds); syllable and sentence stress; tense; syntax; question formation; small-talk and networking for field-specific contexts; interacting with professors, peers, and PhD committee members; preparation for participation in class or group discussions; and summarizing key information.
Many students also choose to use oral communication tutorials to prepare for course presentations or professional development opportunities such as competitions and conferences. Support for these tasks includes attention to content, organization, volume, clarity, body language, eye contact, enthusiasm and audience engagement. Ultimately, these sessions are designed to help students become more confident and competent in a variety of speaking contexts, both spontaneous and planned.
Please contact Ms. Angela Tribus Ramos if you have additional questions or requests
We look forward to working with you!
“ELP is more than an English teaching program. It can help international students deal with the fear and depression we experience when adapting to a totally different culture and environment.”
Fengyun Luo, Heller MA'19
Sustainable International Development Program