Languages

Announcements

Language tutoring will close for the semester on Friday, April 26, at 3 p.m.  Penn State Learning does not offer language tutoring during the summer sessions. Please ask your instructor about tutoring resources for summer language classes. 

All Language Tutoring takes place in 220 Boucke.

Tutoring Available:


FOR INSTRUCTORSRequest a Language Class Visit


Penn State Learning is now using Starfish for language tutoring appointments. To make appointments for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Russian tutoring, please go to Starfish.psu.edu, where you should see tutoring listed as one of your resources. 

Penn State Learning tutors who have performed well in language courses up to the 300-level or beyond are available to meet with small groups and individuals on a drop-in or appointment basis to engage in conversation and to address grammar and composition questions.

To make an appointment for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian tutoring, please log into Starfish, where tutoring should be listed as one of your resources.

To make the best use of your tutoring session, be prepared.

  • Bring your textbook and other relevant class materials (study guides, syllabus, etc.).  
  • Bring homework that has already been graded. 
  • Plan your session. Know which concepts you have trouble with and what you would like to review.
  • Keep your expectations reasonable. During busy shifts, tutors may not be able to spend more than 20-30 minutes with you (or, they may group you with other students from your class).

What our tutors cannot do:

  • Provide answers for graded homework questions. Getting extensive help with your graded homework compromises academic integrity.
  • Proofread or edit graded essays. Graded essays are meant to test your comprehension of the language. Getting the essay edited by someone else compromises academic integrity.
  • Ensure that you receive an A on your homework or exam. Your success in the course depends on you. 

What our tutors can do:

  • Explain and review concepts covered by the homework.
  • Provide examples similar to homework questions to help you learn principles and vocabulary.
  • Help you correct homework that has already been graded.  
  • Read part of your essay to help you identify your weak areas.
  • Provide examples to strengthen your understanding so that you can more easily find your errors and correct them on your own.
  • Help you practice pronunciation and new vocabulary.
  • Help you learn how to best use your textbook and other resources.

Contact Information:

Cindy Spiegel
Programs Support, ESL and Language Tutoring
Penn State Learning
Office Address: 206 Boucke Building
Email: crc189@psu.edu