Monday, September 15, 2014

Enhancing Communication at the Language Center

Don't let your major get the best of you. Things are bound to get confusing if you're trying to keep up with MLA, APA, AMA, and Chicago writing styles.
Never fear, the Vol State Language Center is here.

Nyanyaw Liem works in the Language Center.
Nyanyaw Liem, a first-year student from Sudan, knew she needed some help when diving into homework for her English grammar class, so she knew a visit to the Language Center was in order.

"I knew they could help me out with my homework and help me with my learning," she said. "In the case where it's something I do not understand, if I have a question, they'll have an answer for me."

And that's exactly the type of assistance the Language Center has to offer, according to director Suzanne Previte.

The Language Center has about 17 tutors that can assist students with everything from research and generating ideas to understanding the basics of how to properly structure a paper or presentation.

But the center isn't just geared to help students with papers and other writing assignments. It also offers a way to help deepen communication skills.

After all, communication is key, and the center's tutors understand that fact.

"A lot of students are under the impression that we're just here for English classes or we're the grammar shop. Neither of those is true. We're here to help people communicate more effectively," Previte said.

Language Center Director Suzanne Previte works with a student.
The help offered at the Language Center isn't just limited to class assignments. Previte said tutors have helped students with writing resumes, cover letters, college application essays, and crafting speeches.

The Language Center is located in Room 157 of the Ramer Building. The hours are as follows:
Monday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

There's no appointment needed, and the service is free.

If you're in an online class, check with your instructor to see if an online Language Center tutor is available for assistance.

For more information, click here.


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