The English Language Support Services program seeks to aid any Pace student whose first language is something other than English to further develop their language skills through FREE tutoring sessions with qualified ESL tutors. Whether you are highly proficient in English or are struggling to keep up with your classes, continuity is key for you to develop your English skills. Thus, all our tutoring formats are offered on a weekly basis, with students meeting the same tutor throughout the entire semester for which they sign up. It is therefore also expected that students who sign up commit to attending these sessions on-time every week, and that they prepare what needs to be prepared for their sessions ahead of time. Sessions are offered online and in-person depending on availability. Note that tutoring is usually ninety percent full by the fourth week of the semester, so reach out early and make sure to let us know that you’d like to go on our waitlist if we have no tutoring available.
If you’d like personalized, individual attention on how to improve your English skills, this might be the best option for you. These tutors can help you develop any or all areas of English, though make sure to let them know what you’d like to achieve by attending their tutoring sessions. If you’d like to improve your listening skills, tell them; if you’d like to review prompts and/or homework from your English classes, tell them.
Our International Conversation Groups are designed for international students, yet open to everyone. They give students a relaxed social environment in which to connect with fellow students at Pace while also developing conversation skills. The groups are creative, fun and make use of members’ interests (music, art, business, fashion, world affairs and more) as we build community together. We support people to bring all that they have (e.g. interests, concerns, dreams, how they’d like to grow, what is challenging, etc.) to create different kinds of conversations. For more information on our conversation groups, as well as our facilitator program, see our international conversation group website.
The Business English seminars are designed to prepare students to use English in a present or future work situation. Students will develop English skills with a focus on business contexts and environments, and they will learn vocabulary and idioms that are used regularly in the business world. These seminars will help practice and enrich communication skills by using English in specific business settings and situations, i.e., interviews, Curriculum Vitae preparation and email etiquette.
Reading comprehension, essay structure, and general writing skills are all vital skills students studying law will need to complete their assignments and perform well in their roles after graduating from Pace, so whether you’d need extra support or wish to further improve any of these ESL-related skills, this might be the option for you. These weekly, one-on-one sessions are currently only available to LLM students on the White Plains campus. Note that we can only provide support with ESL-related issues – not with the technical ins and outs of legal writing. We also have few seats available, so if you’re interested, make sure to sign up ASAP and be prepared that you might have to go on a wait list.
It became clear to me early that the instructors were very dedicated and committed to helping me improve my research paper. Throughout these sessions, I not only improved my writing skills, but also my pronunciation and understanding of American culture. As a result, my GPA also increased, so I strongly advise all international students to enroll in the Global Pathways tutoring program.
—Ligia Galvão, Graduate Pathways Alum