Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
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From: DJ Dolack, Writing & ESL Tutorial Coordinator, SACC
I am writing with updates about the Tools for Clear Speech program, which is available to all ESL and nonnative English speaking students at the College. Below you will find a brief rundown of our services. Please pass this on to students who you believe may benefit from the program and feel free to contact me with any questions.
Tools for Clear Speech offers the following:
- One-to-one pronunciation tutorials in the ESL Speech Lab (NVC 6-121). Sessions are 30 or 60 minutes and run by professional speech consultants, some of whom teach in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch. One-to-one pronunciation tutorials are by appointment only through the SACC online scheduler. Students are allowed 120 minutes of instruction per week (Mon – Sat), and 60 minutes per day. One-to-one tutorials will begin Monday, February 4th.
- Software and websites available for open lab use. Students are able to visit the lab and work individually on our featured software and web resources. The spring we will be installing four new programs, as well as offer the Rachel's English and English Central sites for student usage. More Resources are available on our website.
- Pronunciation Workshops. Our workshops address the main concerns of your ESL and nonnative students, from the basics of connected speech (Clear Speech 101), to understanding American culture and pragmatics (Clarity & Confidence), to speaking intelligibly in a professional setting (Intelligibility in the Interview). Each workshop is offered twice during the semester and students can attend as often as they wish.
- Conversation Hour. Conversation Hour is a terrific way for students to improve their ability to converse in English. Students can learn about American society, popular culture and meet other nonnative English speakers in a relaxed environment. CH features groups of no more than 5 students and is moderated by a trained SACC English tutor.
- Rosetta Stone for English Learners. This semester, TfCS offers licenses for ESL and nonnative English speaking students for Rosetta Stone's Totale language program. English is actually Rosetta Stone's most popular program worldwide, and offers students the ability to both reinforce the basics of the language, and work towards greater proficiency in listening, intelligibility and all around clarity. Students must attend a Rosetta Stone informational workshop at SACC (1/31 & 2/1) or contact DJ Dolack for login access. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please consider adding this information to your syllabus, class blog, or disseminating it via email to your students. For more information, brochures, or to inquire about a brief, 5-10 minute in-class presentation, please contact me anytime.
Thank you and have a great semester!
Writing & ESL Communications Tutorial Coordinator
Student Academic Consulting Center (SACC)
Baruch College, CUNY