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Message Archive

Monday, February 2, 2015


This email is being sent to all members of the Baruch College faculty.

For an archive of announcements sent from the Associate Provost beginning June 2011, click here.


I.  Tools for Clear Speech

II. Conversation Partners


I. From:  DJ Dolack, Program Coordinator, Tools for Clear Speech


I write to update you on the Tools for Clear Speech program, which is currently available to all ELL (English Language Learners, or ESL) and nonnative English speaking students at the College, free of charge. Below you will find a brief rundown of our services. As with all student services at the College, to foster real progress we recommend regular and dedicated student participation.


Please pass this on to students who you believe may benefit from the program and feel free to contact me with any questions. 


Tools for Clear Speech offers the following:

  1. One-to-one pronunciation tutorials in the TfCS Speech Lab. Sessions are 30 or 60 minutes and run by professional speech consultants, some of whom teach in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch. One-to-one pronunciation tutorials are by appointment only through the TfCS online scheduler. Students are allowed up to 60 minutes of instruction per week (Mon – Sat). One-to-one tutorials have begun for the spring semester with over 70 hours per week of availability. However, demand is great, and we are working to add additional availability soon.
  2. Pronunciation WorkshopsOur workshops address the main concerns of ELL students, from the basics of connected speech (Clear Speech 101), to understanding American culture and pragmatics (Clarity & Confidence), to speaking intelligibly in a professional setting (Intelligibility in the Interview). Each workshop is offered at least twice during the semester and students can attend as often as they wish. 
  3. Conversation HourConversation Hour is a terrific way for students to practice and improve their ability to comfortably and effectively converse in English. Students can learn about American society, popular culture and meet other nonnative English speakers in a relaxed, low-stakes environment. CH features groups of no more than 8 students and is moderated by a trained SACC English tutor. [for a related program, see the Conversation Partners Program, below]
  4. Oral Communication Video Assessment for ELL Students. Our new Oral Communication Video Assessment is the best way for students to get the most out of the TfCS program. This innovative and practical assessment has been developed by TfCS Speech Consultants and uses the College's Vocat technology to score and comment on communicative challenges and progress of students. After completing four short tasks, students receive holistic and quantitative feedback on their communication challenges and progress. Through regular participation in the TfCS Oral Com Video Assessment throughout their Baruch careers, students will develop a portfolio of their communicative progress, which can empower them to succeed in their courses at the College and beyond. Appointments will be available for scheduling next week, and more information can be found on our assessment page, as well as by signing up for the TfCS email list on our homepage


Please consider adding this information to your syllabus, class blog, or disseminating it via email to your students. For more information, brochures, or to inquire about a brief, 5-10 minute in-class presentation, please contact me anytime. 


Thank you and have a great semester!


DJ Dolack

Program Coordinator, Tools for Clear Speech

Writing and ELL Communications Tutorial Coordinator

Student Academic Consulting Center (SACC)

Baruch College, CUNY

NVC 2-116



II. From:  Prof. Elisabeth Gareis, Communication Studies


The Conversation Partners Program (CPP) is a great way for nonnative students to gain confidence in English, for native speakers to gain experience in communicating across language barriers, and for both native and nonnative speakers to expand their cultural knowledge, make friends, and build a network of professional contacts. The CPP matches native and nonnative speakers of English for informal conversations. To participate, students should be willing to commit to meeting their partner about one hour per week.


For more information and to sign up, see


The deadline for signing up is Friday, February 13.


Elisabeth Gareis


Dept. of Communication Studies, B8-240

Baruch College

55 Lexington Ave.

New York, NY 10010

Tel.: 646-312-3731