English Language Improvement Program provides linguistic resources for graduate students

Whether you’re working on a thesis or dissertation, a tough assignment or you simply want to further develop your writing, oral communication and critical reading skills, Ohio University’s English Language Improvement Program (ELIP) has something to offer.

Accessible to all graduate students, international and domestic, the ELIP offers free graduate writing labs with in-person tutoring. Sessions last 45 minutes; tutors provide feedback on course assignments, research papers, thesis work or dissertations. While tutors will not fix student papers, they will give students the resources to improve their papers independently. Students can sign up for tutoring online here or come on a walk-in basis. Sessions are offered 6–9 p.m. Monday-Thursday in Gordy 009.

For those who want to devote regular time to the development of English language skills, ELIP also offers semester-long courses. This semester, courses include “Writing and Research—Thesis and Dissertation” (ELIP 5160), “Graduate Reading and Writing” (ELIP 5120), “Oral Communication for the Graduate Researcher and Presenter—The Oral Defense” (ELIP 5320), “Academic Writing in Graduate Studies” (ELIP 5140), “Critical Reading and Analysis” (ELIP 5100) and “Oral Communication in Graduate Studies” (ELIP 5300). These courses provide an opportunity to boost communication skills with subject-specific assignments and individual attention. Courses are housed in the Department of Linguistics and do not affect your GPA as long as credit is attained.

The ELIP also offers a critical reading lab, a presentation and pronunciation lab, and an undergraduate writing lab. Find more information about the labs here.

If you have any questions, contact Dawn Bikowski at bikowski@ohio.edu or visit her office in Gordy 307.

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