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Are you looking for a supportive space for your writing?

Join the new EPPIC writing groups in spring 2022 to help build a writing community of international students and scholars!

The EPPIC Write-A-Thon is a writing support group that meets weekly for six weeks. Each group meeting begins with a short lesson focusing on a specific writing strategy or tool, and the rest of the meeting time is for your own writing.  An EPPIC writing specialist is available for questions and consultations during the ‘free write’ time.

Choose which part of the semester best matches your goals and needs:

  • January 25 – March 1:  Tuesdays from 12-2 pm (in Paterno Library, Room E-403*)
  • March 16 – April 20:  Wednesdays from 3-5 pm (in Paterno Library, Room E-403*)


Click here to register for EPPIC Write-A-Thon sessions.

*Room E-403 is located on the fourth floor of Paterno Library, outside the main entrance doors on the right-hand side.  See map here.

Would you like more opportunities to speak English with others?

Have you noticed that real-world English in the U.S. is different from the English you learned or used in other contexts?

Do you wish you had somewhere you could go to ask questions about the why, what and how of language and culture at Penn State and in the U.S.?

If so, join EPPIC for a new program in spring 2022: EPPIC Conversations!

EPPIC Conversations is a *new* weekly program for conversational exchange, language analysis, and cultural discussion of real-world English.  Talk with others, share your questions and observations, and expand your language & culture repertoire in a relaxed environment!

EPPIC Conversation sessions are a great opportunity to meet others and to explore multiple perspectives on English as it is used in the ‘real world’ of Penn State and beyond!

For more information and to register, please click here.

Are you an international student, scholar or post-doc?  Are you interested in learning more about academic and professional English?  Join us for EPPIC workshops on advanced academic writing, speaking, interaction, and job market preparation in English in a U.S. university setting.  Our spring 2022 workshops are organized into the following skill areas (*earn EPPIC certificates for attending these workshop series*):

  • Foundational Academic Skills (January – February 2022)
    • Emailing professorsAcademic ReadingAvoiding PlagiarismGrammar & Editing
  • Applying for Jobs in the U.S. (January-March 2022)
    • Cover LettersInterviewsElevator Speeches
  • American English Pronunciation (February 2022)
    • Sounds of U.S. EnglishSyllables & StressRhythmIntonation
  • Research Writing (March 2022)

    • Writing AbstractsPreparing for and Writing Literature ReviewsData & Results Sections
  • Presentation Skills (April 2022)

    • Designing Slide PresentationsGiving Clear PresentationsInteracting & Dealing with Questions During Presentations


To view the full schedule of spring 2022 workshops, click here.

For more information and to register for workshops, click here.

Do you have questions about academic or everyday English?  Are you working on a paper, presentation, or application in English?

EPPIC offers individual consultations to multilingual students, J-1 visiting scholars, and post-docs for support with academic writing projects, oral presentations, job interviews, cover letters, oral exams, and more.*

To learn more about EICs and to schedule a consultation, visit the EPPIC Individual Consultations (EICs) page.

*Please note that consultations are not available for standardized test preparation, such as for the GRE or TOEFL. Preparation courses for the TOEFL are available locally through Penn State’s Intensive English Communication Program (IECP) and through the Mid-State Literacy Council.

Come talk with us!

Would you like to know more about EPPIC’s services, and how they can support your goals?

Are you interested in working with a professional language adviser to help you build and maintain your own individual study program for academic English?

Schedule an EPPIC Advising appointment to learn how EPPIC can be your partner for success!

Following a short self-assessment, an EPPIC adviser will talk with you about your goals and design a personalized schedule of EPPIC services for the semester.   You can also sign up for in-depth language advising, where you will meet with your adviser multiple times during the semester to discuss your learning habits and strategies, to set targeted goals, to create weekly action plans for language learning, and to reflect on the strategies that work best for you.

Schedule an advising appointment early in the semester so you can make the most of your learning experience!

EPPIC Advising appointments begin during the week of January 10.  Click here to schedule a one-on-one meeting with an EPPIC Adviser (choose a 30-minute appointment for your first session).


EPPIC offers customized workshops for doctoral students in the Department of Economics in both fall and spring semesters.

  • Fall workshops focus on job market preparation, with sessions on job talks, interviews, and flyouts.
  • Spring workshops focus on preparing doctoral students in years 2-4 to notice and practice features of effective research presentations in Economics, and to develop their research spiels for networking purposes.
  • Individual consultations are available for practice and feedback on research presentations, job interviews, spiels, abstracts, and job application materials.


In spring 2022, EPPIC-ECON workshops will include:

  • Focus on Pronunciation:  Strategies for Clarity in Speaking
  • Learning from the Pros:  Understanding the Elements of a Successful Seminar
  • Preparing Your Spiel:  How to Pitch Your Work


Registration for the above workshops will be available in mid-January 2022.

EPPIC offers workshops for faculty, advisers, staff, and administrators to highlight helpful practices for inclusive communication in a campus community that is global and multilingual.

Workshops that are available by request include:

    • Pronouncing International Students’ Names
    • Encouraging Diverse and Multilingual Perspectives in the Classroom and Beyond
    • Do You Speak Global English?  Strategies for Connecting Across Cultures
    • Translingual Approaches to Academic Writing:
      • Beyond Grammar:  Teaching Writing as Genre to Multilingual Students
      • Beyond Editing:  Giving Effective Feedback to Multilingual Student Writers
      • Beyond Topics:  Designing Writing Assignments for Multilingual Students that Scaffold Good Writing

To learn more, click here.

How can EPPIC serve you?

Would you like EPPIC to visit a departmental event?  To connect with international students in your program?  Contact us any time to request a visit, display table or brief presentation about EPPIC’s services.

Our center also offers customized programming for programs across the university to address specific needs related to academic and professional English, as well as intercultural communication.  To start a conversation with us about a custom collaboration, please send us a message describing your request.

Contact Us about a Custom Collaboration