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Spoken English Programs

ESS currently offers tutoring through the Spoken English Language Partners for undergraduate, graduate and professional students who want help with pronunciation, fluency, vocabulary and other spoken English skills.

Who are the Spoken English Language Partners (SELP)?

We are a group of undergraduate and graduate students trained to help with presentation skills, accent modification, classroom activities and participation, and vocabulary acquisition. We meet individually with CWRU undergraduate, graduate and professional students, for up to an hour a week, throughout the week. Many of us are working on degrees in English, but some of us have backgrounds in technical communication or have science or engineering majors. We all have been trained to help you with your spoken English needs!

"I am getting more and more confident to speak English with the help from tutors of SELP." - CWRU Student

If you have any questions about the Language Partners, please contact Elise Geither, Michelle Cseh, or Judith Olson Hammer. This program is supported by Educational Services for Students (ESS) in conjunction with International Affairs. You can make an appointment with one of the Spoken English Language Partners (SELP) at

Spoken English Seminar for Graduate and Professional Students (fee-based)

This Spoken English Language Program is for current undergraduate students only. ESS has designed a fee-based workshop specifically for graduate and professional students who speak English as a second language.


ESS has designed a six-week Culture and Communication Spoken English Seminar specifically for existing or new graduate and professional international students so that they may gain a deeper understanding of US culture while improving spoken English skills.

During this seminar, students will participate in thoughtful discussions and authentic situations with ESS staff and campus guests for confidently communicating in English. Seminar enrollment will be kept small enough for ample time to practice spoken English.

"This seminar taught me a lot about American culture and the various social problems in the US. I now feel more confident interacting with people outside of my normal social circle." - CWRU Student

Topics will include: idiomatic language, restaurant/food culture, humor/jokes, academic culture/networking, US history, academic resources and social interactions.

Contact ESS Assistant Director for Spoken English Programs Michelle Cseh, for more information.