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Are you looking for a supportive space for your writing?

Join the EPPIC writing group in summer 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. During fall and spring semesters, 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.  Summer 2022 sessions will consist of 2 hours of ‘free write’ time, with a consultant on hand.

Summer 2022 Schedule

  • May 18 – July 27:  Wednesdays from 1-3 pm in 219 Boucke Building (Penn State Learning Center)

No registration is required–simply drop in for some supported writing time!

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 improving your 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 workshops are organized into the following skill areas (*earn EPPIC certificates for attending these workshop series*):

  • Foundational Academic Skills
    • Emailing professorsAcademic ReadingAvoiding PlagiarismGrammar & Editing
  • Applying for Jobs in the U.S.
    • Cover LettersInterviewsElevator Speeches
  • American English Pronunciation
    • Sounds of U.S. EnglishSyllables & StressRhythmIntonation
  • Writing Research Articles

    • Writing AbstractsPreparing for and Writing Literature ReviewsWriting Data & Results Sections
  • Presentation Skills
    • Designing Slide PresentationsGiving Clear PresentationsInteracting & Handling  Questions During Presentations

To view the full schedule of spring 2022 workshops, click here.  Workshops will resume in Fall 2022.

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

Bring us your work!

Are you writing an academic paper?  Preparing for a job interview in English?  Seeking practice and feedback on an oral presentation?

EPPIC offers individual consultations (EICs) for international multilingual students, scholars and post-docs to support their growth and confidence in advanced academic and professional English.

 These one-on-one consultation appointments are designed to provide practical support for written and spoken English, including academic writing projects, oral presentations, job interviews, cover letters, oral exams, and more.*

To learn more about EPPIC Individual Consultations (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 improve, sharpen or expand your skills in academic and professional English?

Would you like a personal language coach who can help you design and complete your own self-directed study & practice of advanced English?

If you are an international student, visiting scholar, or post-doc, we invite you to make an appointment with an EPPIC Adviser to find out how EPPIC can help you achieve your goals.

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

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

Schedule an advising appointment early in the semester so you can make the most of it!

To schedule a meeting with an EPPIC adviser, please write to Dr. Bryan Buschner at


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

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