Languages

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Fall 2016 Hours

*Tutoring begins on Monday, August 29th.*

Spanish, Italian, and French:

7 Sparks, Sunday-Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

Arabic, Hindi, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean:

By appointment via WCONLINE (see left for instructions). The scheduler will open for appointments on Wednesday, August 24. 

Tutoring Available


Penn State Learning tutors who have performed well in language courses up to the 400-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 use WCONLINE:

1. Click here, then create a login using your PSU email address and a new password. Once logged in, you should be on the scheduling page for Language Tutoring, Fall 2016. Available time slots will appear in white. 
2. Select the appropriate tutor and click on an available time slot. A window will appear that will allow you to set the time you would like (no more than 1 hour) and save the appointment. You should receive a confirmation email. 

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
Cocurricular Programs Coordinator
Language and Writing Communities
Penn State Learning
Office Address: 206 Boucke Building
Phone: (814) 865-0259
Email: crc189@psu.edu