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The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program at SUNY Geneseo is designed to assist international and domestic students whose first language is not English. Central to the mission of the program is to assist students in building on their language skills to fully succeed in their academic programs.

 
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ESOL students meet with their speech buddy in an informal setting once a week, usually in the Milne Center for Academic Excellence, to talk, enjoy each other's company, and share their experiences. ESOL students are encouraged to ask for help concerning their new college life and with their English. Speech buddies have been trained to assist their ESOL "buddies" in improving their English pronunciation, and learning new vocabulary and grammar skills.

Speech buddies are assigned by Irene Belyakov-Goodman, the head of the Speech Buddies Program.

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One-on-one tutoring (provided by student teaching assistants) is available in the Milne Center for Academic Excellence for students who want further clarification on a particular skill area in writing and content knowledge. Tutors are trained to provide guidance for second language writing and speaking, as well as help in course content. In this way, students can be better prepared for the writing assignments they must produce and for the oral presentations they must give in all their courses.

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ESOL students can sign up for individual sessions with native-speaking students who are teaching English as part of their service learning component in the course "Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages" or are serving as Professor Belyakov-Goodman's teaching assistants.

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English language workshops on a variety of linguistic and cultural topics are available for students who wish further clarification in a particular skill area. These workshops can help build the oral and written skills needed to be successful in the rigorous academic environment. They can help students enrich their vocabulary and learn English idioms and American conversational language and slang.

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