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From: Dennis (DJ) Dolack, Writing & ESL Communications Tutorial Coordinator, Student Academic Consulting Center (SACC)
Greetings Faculty and Staff,
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:
- One-to-one pronunciation tutorials in our 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 Fall semester with over 70 hours per week of availability. However, the schedule is very tight, and we plan to add additional availability soon.
- Pronunciation Workshops. Our workshops address the main concerns of your 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.
- Conversation Hour. Conversation 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.
- Oral Communication Video Assessment for ELL Students. This semester we are excited to roll out the first version of our new Oral Communication Assessment for students who participate in the TfCS program. The assessment has been developed by Professional Speech Consultants, and uses VOCAT technology to score and comment on communicative challenges and progress of students. Through regular participation in the TfCS Oral Com Assessment throughout their Baruch careers, we hope to develop a portfolio of students' communicative progress, as well as empower them to succeed in their courses at the College and beyond. Appointments will be available for students soon, 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!
Writing & ESL Communications Tutorial Coordinator
Student Academic Consulting Center (SACC)
Baruch College, CUNY