I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in.

— Bill Gates

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I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in.

— Bill Gates

 

Welcome to EPPIC, the English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center at Penn State University!

EPPIC is a new research and service initiative designed to provide advanced English language support to the growing international community at Penn State, and to foster dynamic intercultural communication within the larger university community. 

What is EPPIC?

EPPIC conducts research and offers services focusing on advanced English language and intercultural learning, drawing on the faculty expertise and resources of Penn State’s internationally-recognized Department of Applied Linguistics .  Our center studies patterns of real-world academic and professional language use, and offers specialized language instruction to internationals at Penn State, to foster mastery of advanced levels of English for university and career success.

What does EPPIC do?

EPPIC studies how language is used within disciplinary and professional contexts across the university—including in STEM departments, in the Penn State College of Medicine, and at Penn State Law.  Our goal is to gain insight into the genres and styles of language that characterize our contemporary—and increasingly multilingual—world.

We apply our research findings, and over thirty-five years of experience teaching advanced-proficiency English, to create short-term, effective support services for internationals seeking to hone their English skills for professional purposes.  We also sponsor programs to promote intercultural awareness and interaction within the university.

How can EPPIC serve you?

If you are an international student, faculty member, or researcher, you can access a menu of services designed to boost your skill and confidence in advanced genres of academic and professional English.  If you are a program administrator, EPPIC can offer specialized workshops or other services to address the intercultural communication needs of your department. If you work with internationals as an adviser, supervisor, or administrative staff, you can refer users to our services, and also request workshops for your unit on strategies for effective intercultural communication.

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