Three Pace students in a computer lab

One-on-One Tutoring Sessions

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.

Conversation Groups

If you’d like to improve your speaking skills in a relaxed and informal setting while also connecting with fellow ESL students at Pace, conversation groups might be the right choice for you. In these groups, you’ll meet one tutor and a small group of students who also want to improve their speaking skills. Through various exercises lead by your tutor, you’ll practice a vital part of speaking called fluency – namely the skill of communicating effectively without excessive attention to accuracy. Some of you might think of this skill as being able to speak English without having to think too much about what to say.

Business English Seminars

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.

Legal English Seminars

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 seminars are currently conducted in one-on-one, in-person sessions on a weekly basis on the Pleasantville campus only, but may transition into groups on the same days after midterm season. 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.

As I was writing a research paper for one of my graduate-level classes, my advisor suggested that I sign up for one-on-one ESL tutoring. After attending a few sessions, it became clear to me 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