Languages

Announcements

Winter Break Hours: Language tutoring will close on Friday, 12/13, at 3 p.m. and re-open Tuesday, 1/21, at 10 a.m. 

 

Please note: As of Spring 2020, we will no longer offer Arabic tutoring.

 

 

 

All Language Tutoring takes place in 220 Boucke.

 

Tutoring Available:


FOR INSTRUCTORSRequest a Language Class Visit


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.

Penn State Learning offers drop-in tutoring for Spanish from 6-9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, in 220 Boucke. Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Russian tutoring are offered by appointment. To make a tutoring appointment for one of these languages, please go to Starfish.psu.edu, where you should see tutoring listed as one of your resources. Appointment schedules for that semester are typically posted during the first week of classes. 

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:

Cynthia Spiegel, M.F.A.
Interim Co-Curricular Programs Coordinator, Writing and Languages
Penn State Learning
206 Boucke Building
(814) 865-0259
crc189@psu.edu