Resources for Students
As part of the instructional program, ESOL students have the opportunity to further develop their English language skills using a number of different types of resources provided by the ESOL lab. Students in ESOL 1910, ESOL 1610, and ESOL 1406 are required to attend the ESOL Lab located in Liberal Arts 238. Procedures to attend the lab and complete lab assignments are specified in each course syllabus. The following services are provided by the lab:
Face-to-face ESOL Tutoring
Face-to-face tutoring services are available for ESOL students. Tutors are available in the ESOL Lab, LART 238, to help students with their course assignments. Tutoring sessions can be reserved or students may request one on a first-come, first served basis.
Extensive reading is a program that helps students read faster in a fun and stress-free environment. By reading large quantities of easy and enjoyable texts, students improve their reading fluency, which in turn helps them read faster and better in their university classes.
Students can practice speaking English in a variety of formats in the ESOL lab. Conversation activities include thought-provoking discussions on a wide variety of prepared topics, different types of speaking activities related to various themes that can be carried out individually or in groups, and games allowing groups of students to practice speaking and have fun at the same time. Once a week the lab hosts a special Conversation Hour where special guests come at to interact with the ESOL students (snacks are provided). The Conversation Hour takes place at a different day/time every week, so students should check the schedule to find one that fits their needs. Students can also sign up to participate in conversation activities with the regular tutors at any time they are available.
In today’s world the internet is a vast resource providing students with unlimited opportunities to practice all their English skills. But where to begin? In the ESOL lab, useful websites have been reviewed and classified, and the ESOL tutors help guide students to the right website, whether it be for grammar, listening, writing, vocabulary, pronunciation…whatever students are looking for, the ESOL tutors can guide them to best website to fit their needs.
Occasionally the lab hosts special events, such as contests, and META and the ESOL book club have regular meetings in the ESOL lab. Students should check the ESOL Facebook and Instagram pages to make sure they don’t miss anything:
ESOL LAB SCHEDULE
Monday: 9am – 2pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 9am – 4pm