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English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center

Spring Workshop Series: Applying for Jobs, Research Writing, Presentations and More!

Spring 2023 Workshop Series:

  • Applying for Jobs in the U.S.
    • Wednesdays 4:45 – 6:15 PM in 005 Ferguson Building
  • Foundational Academic Skills in the U.S. 
    • Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:00 PM in 104 Business Building
  • American English Pronunciation
    • Mondays 4 – 5:30 PM in 108 Business Building
  • Research Writing in English 
    • Tuesdays 5 – 6:30 PM via ZOOM (register to receive link)
  • Academic Presentation Skills 
    • Wednesdays 4:45 – 6:15 PM in 103 Business Building

Click here to see the spring semester workshop schedule.  To learn more and to register for workshops, please visit EPPIC’s ‘services’ page.

 

EPPIC Write-A-Thon: Make Time to Write!

Are you looking for a supportive space for your writing?

Join the EPPIC Write-A-Thon, a writing group for international students and scholars!  (All are welcome, regardless of language background!)

The goal of each session is to give you structured time to write, with an EPPIC writing specialist on hand for questions and consultations during each session.

The Write-A-Thon schedule depends on you!  Click here to share your availability, so we can choose a time that works for you!

What can EPPIC do for you? Meet with an EPPIC Adviser to plan for success!

Would you like greater confidence and skill in academic writing and speaking in English?  Do you have questions about academic culture in the U.S.?  Are you looking for relevant, practical support for your professional communication skills in English?

Schedule an EPPIC Advising appointment to learn how EPPIC can be your partner for success!  EPPIC advisers will work with you to create a personalized plan of services that will help you achieve your goals.

For personal coaching throughout the semester, EPPIC Language Advising includes bi-weekly adviser meetings to set targeted learning goals, to complete self-study action plans, and to reflect on your progress.

EPPIC Individual Consultations: Support for English in academic papers, presentations, projects, and more!

Are you a multilingual student who is working on an academic paper or project?  Are you preparing for an internship or job interview in English?  Will you be presenting a talk in class or at a conference?  Are you interested in strategies for participating in  discussions and group work more actively and confidently?

Schedule an EPPIC Individual Consultation (EIC) to receive personalized feedback and support from an experienced EPPIC language specialist.  Our consultants have helped thousands of multilingual students and scholars to write essays and research papers, to prepare polished presentations, and to craft winning job materials.  Learn more about our consultants here, and make an appointment today!

Building a Global Campus: DEIA Workshops for Students, Faculty, Instructors, Advisers and Staff

EPPIC offers multiple workshops related to DEIA for faculty, staff and advisers who are interested in developing intentional strategies to include and support multilingual international students, and who seek to enhance intercultural interaction and learning at Penn State.   Workshop topics on these themes  include:

  • Do you Speak Global English?  Strategies for Collaborative Communication
  • Encouraging Diverse and Multilingual Perspectives in the Classroom
  • Pronouncing International Students’ Names
  • Engineering Participation Structures that Work for Everyone
  • Supporting Multilingual Student Writers

 

Contact us at eppic@psu.edu to request a workshop for your group.

Speak UP! Discuss and Practice ‘Real-World’ English

Speak UP – Weekly Advanced English Speaking Group

Are you looking for an opportunity to speak English more often?

Do you have questions about real-world English?  Or how to navigate American academic culture?

Speak UP meets weekly to focus on advanced language use in everyday university contexts. Lessons include cultural information, commonly used phrases, and pronunciation tips. Participants have an opportunity to practice their new knowledge through group discussions and role-play with international and American peers.

Thursdays at 4:30 PM in 208 Business Building, starting on January 19.  To learn more and to register for Speak UP sessions, please visit EPPIC’s ‘services’ page.

 

EPPIC Workshops: Academic English for International Students and Scholars

Join EPPIC for workshops on written and spoken academic English that are specifically designed for multilingual students who are seeking to hone their advanced communication skills.  Workshop topics include research writing, oral presentation skills, job interview preparation, everyday conversational English, American English pronunciation, and more.

All Penn State students, scholars, faculty and staff are welcome, regardless of language background or campus affiliation.  Earn skill-based certificates for attending workshops!

Visit our ‘services’ page to learn more and to register for these workshops.

 

EPPIC is an academic center designed to provide advanced English language support to international students and scholar at Penn State, and to foster engaged intercultural communication across the Penn State community .

What does EPPIC do?

EPPIC studies how language is used in varied disciplinary and professional contexts across the university, including in STEM departments, in the Department of Economics, at the Penn State College of Medicine, and at Penn State Law.  Our goal is to gain insight into the genres and styles of communication that are central to our contemporary academic and professional lives in an 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 that 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 offers specialized workshops and other services to address the needs of your unit. If you work with internationals as an adviser, supervisor, or administrative staff, we invite you to refer students & scholars to our services, to join our listserv for updates on our services, and to request customized workshops on teaching and working with international multilingual students.

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