Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts
English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center

EPPIC Individual Consultations (EICs)

EPPIC Individual Consultations (EICs)

As an international student, EPPIC workshops were really helpful in my first year. Through them, I was able to understand how communication in American culture works, also, I learned some tools that helped me improve my oral and written communications skills.

Camila Gonzalez Arango, Graduate Student, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

The instructor gave a lot of examples and good tips.

Di Yang, Graduate Student, Health Policy

Every time after an EPPIC workshop, my confidence speaking in class, with my advisor or peers, increased a lot. The effects have been evident. Thanks!

Graduate Student

I always recommend these workshops to other foreign students. The workshops are a great opportunity to become better acquainted with the language and culture, and also recognize your own speech and language weakness and ways to improve them. I truly appreciate the instructor's warmth and willingness to help.

Tomas Lopez Londono, Graduate Student, Biology

EPPIC workshops are very good. They help specific aspects of my English skills. I look forward to attending more next semester if my schedule allows. Thank you.

Graduate Student

I really enjoyed the workshops on pronunciation. They helped me identify my weak points and made me more confident in my speech. Thanks!

Aditya Basu, Graduate Student, EECS - Computer Science

I can always select the workshop I need most. I would suggest graduate students attend some workshops.

Graduate Student

Intonations, rhythm. No one told me about these before.

Junho Kweon, Graduate Student, EE - Signal Processing

EPPIC helped me in improving my presentation skills.

Graduate Student

Without EPPIC, my job search and paper writing felt impossible.

Jeongin Son, Graduate Student, MCIBS - Cancer Research

EPPIC events are an effective way to make friends and familiarize oneself with the new culture and norms while learning more about English.

Graduate Student
The Speak UP [speaking group] lessons gave me a new point of view to learn English. In some sense, I was taught to learn English for tests or examinations for many years. I seldom have the opportunity to focus on "real communication" and most of my energy has been spent on understanding literacy itself. I didn't know much about the meaning of "usage" in different situations and needs.  Your lessons and other lessons from EPPIC let me start to know it,  such as "small talk" and "extending conversation."  It is not just a matter of literacy but quite communicative and interactive.  I  believe that this is an important aspect of so-called "authentic English."
Liling Guo, Visiting Scholar

EPPIC provides valuable support for my writing projects in so many aspects (e.g,  brainstorming, outlining, organizing, revising). It not only helps me improve my writing, but also empowers me to develop skill and confidence in writing.

Graduate Student

I prepared a conference presentation with EPPIC.  Bob is so friendly in teaching exact pronunciation and intonation.  It was so helpful and I did a great job in my presentation!

Sojung Jung, Graduate Student

Let's Talk [speaking group] helps me better adapt to life in State College. It provides expressions for effective communication in the everyday scenarios that we may encounter. For example, the instructor added an informative session for coping with COVID-19 when we are in the midst of the pandemic. In addition, the classes are facilitated in an interactive manner, so that we are able to practice the learned phrases with partners, gain confidence in speaking English, and even develop cross-disciplinary networks.

Graduate Student, WFED

I have received great help from the EICs [individual consultations] provided by Jacob. During the semester, I brought various tasks to him including assignments, presentation slides, my professional CV, research articles, and whatever utilized English for academic purposes. He has been always patient and supportive with my problems in writing, speaking, and presentations. I especially received great support from him while I was preparing for my qualifying exam. As a novice scholar in the very first year of studying in the US, I feel that EPPIC helps me along the way of my professional growth.

Graduate Student

As a regular user of EPPIC, I am familiar with almost every writing tutor.  I appreciate your warm greetings and helpful suggestions every time.

Yu Sun, Graduate Student

EPPIC has greatly helped me. I loved consultation services for both writing and presentations. I have recommended EPPIC to many of my friends. Thank you!

Graduate Student, CAS

EPPIC is soooo helpful!!! It benefits me a lot in terms of both writing and presentation skills. I 100% believe this [support] will substantially contribute to my future research career.

Graduate Student, Economics

EPPIC has been a place where I can experience a different atmosphere than that of daily classes. Having been equipped with skills and knowledge that most international students need, I'm so positive that EPPIC's program will eventually lead students to easily get adjusted to the Penn State community.

Ratna Aryanti Uar, Graduate Student

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!

All projects and goals are welcome!

Schedule an EIC appointment here.

EPPIC Individual Consultations are offered via Zoom.   EICs will be available in summer 2022.

Guidelines for EIC appointments:

  • Students and scholars may schedule up to one 45-minute session per day (total).
  • A maximum of ten (10) sessions of individual consultations may be scheduled per person each semester.


Before your scheduled appointment, you will receive an email message with instructions on how to connect with your consultant on Zoom, and how to upload related documents or projects in advance of your appointment.

To maximize the value of your consultation, we ask that you come prepared with specific written or speaking assignments, projects, and/or goals.   Before your appointment, you will receive an e-mail with directions on how you can upload specific assignments or projects to share with your consultant for review with you during the consultation.


Special Expertise

Day/Time (EST)

Bob Persiko

Academic writing, oral presentations, speaking skills Tuesdays, 2-4 pm

Wednesdays, 2-4 pm

Thursdays, 2-4 pm

Maddie Diller


Speaking skills, pronunciation, oral presentations, academic writing Mondays, 11 am – 1 pm

Wednesdays, 11 am – 1 pm

Ruth Parrish Sauder  Academic writing, strategies for synthesizing written research, oral presentations, speaking skills Mondays, 9-11 am

Tuesdays, 8-11 am, 3-5 pm

Fridays, 9-11 am

Rebecca Zoshak
Speaking skills, pronunciation, oral presentations, legal writing, job market materials, make-up workshops Tuesdays, 11 am – 1 pm

Thursdays, 10 am – 12 pm

Summer 2022 EIC Schedule (subject to change):   Ruth Sauder, Mondays 9 am-12 pm, 1-4 pm; Bob Persiko, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-4 pm

Having trouble scheduling an EIC appointment? (e.g., none available, schedule conflicts?)  Click here to let us know.

Please note:
*Consultations are not available for standardized test preparation, such as for the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).  Test preparation services are available in the State College area through the Mid-State Literacy Council.
*EPPIC consultants do not provide copy-editing services.  A list of local copy-editors for hire is available on the Graduate Writing Center’s website.