English Language Center (ELC)
The English Language Center provides specialized writing support for all Saint Louis University students whose native language is not English.
In one-on-one consultations and in group workshops, ELC writing consultants provide feedback and offer strategies to improve your writing at every stage, from brainstorming for ideas, to organizing a draft, to polishing the final document. We also offer assistance in other language-related areas, including TOEFL and SLUWE test-taking strategies, multi-media projects, grammatical accuracy, research skills, and conversation practice.
You may make an appointment with the ELC at any point in your writing process, but you will find our help most effective if you schedule your appointment with sufficient time to revise your work before the assignment is due. To make an appointment, visit our scheduler.
ELC Location & Availability
The ELC is part of the Center for Global Citizenship, and is located in Des Peres Hall 105.
The ELC opens on the second week of class each semester and remains open through the last day of final exams. We close on official university holidays and on days when classes are not in session (Fall and Spring Break, for example). Please check our scheduler for specific appointment availability.
Services for WritersInternational Student Study Night
The ELC sponsors International Student Study Night, every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Des Peres Hall 111. ELC consultants will be available to answer questions about common assignments, general writing skills, and test-taking strategies. No appointments necessary.Workshops
In groups, students can request workshops to work on writing skills with an ELC consultant. Workshops are a great option when the ELC is in highest demand. You can choose from the following workshops, or request a custom workshop:
- MLA style
- APA style
- Researching techniques
- SLUWE strategies
- Thesis statements and organization
- Presenting with PowerPoint
- Taking essay exams
To schedule a workshop, email email@example.com. Please include the names of all students interested in attending the workshop.Writing Consultations
In a one-on-one consultation with an ELC consultant, you will develop strategies to become a more capable and proficient writer. We also can help you prioritize your writing needs and assess your individual strengths and weaknesses as a writer.
ELC consultants will work with you to improve your grammatical accuracy, but will not edit your papers. Consultants will help you identify error patterns in your writing and develop strategies to correct these errors, but we will never “fix” a paper in ways that raise it to a level of proficiency and fluency beyond what you can achieve without our assistance.
The ELC accepts walk-ins when consultants are available, but appoinments are strongly encouraged. Consultations begin on the hour and last for 45 minutes. Students may make a maximum of one appointment per day and three appointments per week. To make an appointment, use our scheduler.
Our ELC consultants are SLU faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students who have been trained to assist students whose native language is not English and to foster each writer’s sense of control over the writing process. We take pride in our roles as interpreters and ambassadors of academic and American culture, and we are dedicated to helping SLU’s international students become more proficient writers.
For additional questions,contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Fischer at (314) 977-3052.
Become an ELC Writing Consultant
The English Language Center is now recruiting volunteers and student workers for the 2013-2014 academic year. Application materials are due April 30, 2013.
- - Have at least a B in ENGL / EAP 190 and any additional English courses, and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
- - Secure a faculty recommendation
- - Attend training on August 24, 2013 9am - 4pm
- - Download and complete the application form.
- - Download and print the faculty recommendation form. Ask your ENGL 190 or most recent English course instructor to complete the form and return it to you in a sealed envelope.
Both forms are due April 30, 2013. You are responsible for returning both completed forms to Dr. Lisa Fischer in Des Peres Hall 103.