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About ELSO Tutoring

In collaboration with the Graduate Writing Service and the Office for Postdoctoral Studies, ELSO offers tutoring on writing, presentations, and pronunciation to all full-time matriculated international graduate and professional students and all post-docs. This tutoring is offered by trained peer tutors from a variety of fields, and takes place in ELSO's Tutoring Center (Caldwell Hall, room 260). 

Fall 2019 Tutoring Announcements

Fall tutoring begins on September 9. Sign-up now for a session with one of our Pronunciation tutors!

And let us know if you are interested in working as an ELSO tutor. We are hiring! Our ads are posted in the Cornell Student Employment Center

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ELSO Tutoring on Writing and Presentations

During a writing or presentation tutoring session, our tutors may help you to:

  • get started with writing projects and presentations
  • revise drafts for structure and organization
  • identify and discuss issues related to grammar, word choice, syntax, and expression
  • gain insight into linguistic, stylistic, and rhetorical conventions of writing and presentations in US academic settings
  • interpret results from Turn It In (available on the ELSO Blackboard site) and learn strategies for effectively paraphrasing and summarizing

You may bring any kind of writing: class assignment, research paper, email, job application materials, blogs, etc. You may bring any kind of presentation: class presentation, journal club presentation, conference paper, poster presentation, job talk, etc. And whether you are working on a writing project or presentation, you may come at any point in the process: from brainstorming to finalizing.

You may request a single appointment to work on a particular paper or presentation, or a series of appointments to keep you moving forward with a larger project.

Tutoring on writing and presentations takes place in ELSO's Tutoring Center (Caldwell 260). This program is coordinated by Dr. Nathan Lindberg (nathanlindberg@cornell.edu).

ELSO Tutoring on Pronunciation

During a pronunciation tutoring session, our tutors may help you with:

  • identifying your pronunciation areas of difficulty and what is affecting your overall intelligibility
  • practicing specific areas of pronunciation (sounds, intonation, fluency, word stress, linking, field terminology)
  • determining your pronunciation goals and making a plan for individualized practice
  • locating resources that help support your pronunciation needs

For your initial appointment, you will need to make a diagnostic speech recording with your laptop or phone and bring this with you to your scheduled session. The diagnostic speech recording should be about 1-2 minutes.

You can choose ONE from the following list for your speech recording: 

1) Describe your first day in the United States. What did you do? What happened? What challenges did you encounter? What were your first thoughts? How did this compare with your expectations?

2) Describe and summarize a book or an article you've read or a movie you've seen. What happened? Would you recommend this to others? Why or why not? What were the main points or events?

3) Talk about a miscommunication experience you have had. What happened? Who was this with? Where?  How did you respond?

After the first session, you can work with pronunciation tutors to support your specific academic needs by bringing material to:

practice a mock job interview, deliver an oral presentation, defend a thesis, summarize a lab report, give a job talk, pitch your academic and professional interests, discuss your research, give a poster presentation, meet with advisors and faculty, etc.

Within these contexts, you can focus on areas of pronunciation difficulty determined by you and the tutor during the intitial appointment.

Tutoring on pronunciation takes place in ELSO's Tutoring Center (Caldwell 260). This program is coordinated by Melissa Myers (mm177@cornell.edu).

Policies for ELSO Tutoring Services

  • Appointments are for 45-minute sessions, which start on the hour.
  • Appointments may be made up to 7 days before the scheduled session. 
  • Writing tutees are limited to one appointment per day and one appointment per week.
  • Pronunciation tutees are limited to 2 appointments per week.
  • Pronunciation tutees may cancel appointments up to 2 hours before their scheduled appointment time.
  • A tutee will be marked as a "no-show" if he/she did not arrive for the appointment in the first 10 minutes of a session. 
  • After 3 no-shows, a tutee will be blocked from making more appointments and any scheduled appointments will be canceled. Tutees wishing to reinstate their tutoring privileges need to meet with Nathan Lindberg. 

Meet the ELSO Tutors

Dr. Nathan Lindberg is the ELSO Tutoring Service Director. He has a PhD in Composition & TESOL and has worked with multilingual writers for more than 15 years. Nathan has helped students with their dissertations, theses, articles for publication, job application material, grant applications, and other genres. He encourages students to sign up for tutoring help at all stages, from brainstorming to proofreading.

Brian Lo is a graduate peer tutor studying Nutrition. He has personal experience with proposals, presentations, and publishing research in STEM fields, and is trained to work with graduate students and post-docs from across the disciplines. He is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Andrew Gipson is a graduate peer tutor from the department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. He is currently serving as a teaching assistant for an introductory biology class, and has over five years of experience tutoring science. He is familiar with writing grants/proposals, research papers, personal statements and résumés.

Hugo Milan is a graduate peer tutor pursuing his PhD in Biological Engineering. He has experience with grants/proposals, research papers, and presentations, particularly for Engineering and STEM fields. He was a finalist in the 3MT competition in 2018 (https://youtu.be/j-pYEQZNa7k) and was a presenter at SPARK Talks in 2017 (https://youtu.be/u-dBJb2aDDw). He is a native Portuguese speaker from Brazil and has basic Spanish skills.

Qixuan, or Michael, Li is an Information Science MPS student. He earned his BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is familiar with research papers, personal statements, and presentations, particularly for STEM fields. He greknight.as.cornell.edu/saml_loginw up in China and is a native speaker in Mandarin Chinese.

Sean Kim is a graduate peer tutor from the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His research is focused in cartilage mechanics. He is familiar with presentations, research statements / papers, resumes, and CVs. He is fluent in Korean and English.

Juliana Gonzalez-Tobon is a graduate peer tutor pursuing her PhD in Plant pathology and Plant-microbe biology. She earned her MS in Biological Sciences from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. During her MS, she served as a teaching assistant in the department of Biological Sciences at Universidad de los Andes and as a tutor on Science and English for elementary school students. Juliana has experience in the writing of research papers, personal statements, CVs and grants: as well as in the construction and delivery of presentations. She grew up in Colombia and is therefore a native speaker of Spanish.

Lisa Camp is a graduate peer tutor pursuing her Ph.D. in English with specializations in medieval literature and culture, and graphic novels and comic books. Lisa has previously taught an upper-level undergraduate writing seminar and served as a professional cocurricular advisor and a writing center tutor. She has experience workshopping a wide range of projects, including writing in the humanities, personal statements and statements of purpose, resumés, cover letters, ePortfolios, reflective writing, and theses and dissertations in a variety of fields.

Sudan Kariuki is a graduate peer tutor pursuing her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She served as a peer writing tutor during her undergraduate studies, and has experience working across a broad range of disciplines. Her specialties include personal statements, essays, scholarship applications, grants, academic reports, and cover letters. In addition to English, Sudan is conversant in Swahili.

David Dunham is a graduate peer tutor pursuing his PhD in German Studies. He earned his BA in German and Philosophy from New York University. Before coming to Cornell, David tutored writing to international ESL students from the middle school to graduate level. He has over three years of experience advising students on narrative essays, job application materials, research projects, and other assignments across several disciplines.

Andrea Mendoza is a graduate peer tutor pursuing her Ph.D in Asian Studies. For the last three years, Andrea has served as a teaching assistant in Chinese and Japanese Studies as well as a writing seminar instructor for the Knight Institute. Though her academic work is mainly in the humanities, Andrea has experience in workshopping applications, abstracts, presentations, and papers from across diverse disciplines. She conducts her dissertation research in Japanese, Spanish, French, and Portuguese and considers herself a multilingual writer and scholar. 

Jody Gabler is a pronunciation tutor.  She has an MA in TESOL from American University in Washington, DC and has been teaching English to speakers of other languages for the past 15 years. She has taught English learners from all levels and in all areas of the language, but finds teaching pronunciation especially meaningful because it can help students in so many aspects of their personal and academic lives.  Jody can help you pinpoint your specific strengths and weaknesses in your English pronunciation and guide you through ways to improve your comprehensibility.

Martin Abbott is a graduate pronunciation tutor pursuing his PhD in the Department of Science and Technology Studies. He draws on academic and professional experience gained in multilingual settings and is looking forward to helping students improve their pronunciation skills. Originally from Australia, Martin now calls Ithaca home.

Kelly Moore is a graduate peer tutor pursuing her Ph.D. in Romance Studies with a specialization in contemporary Iberian cultural studies. Kelly teaches a survey of modern Spanish literature and has previously taught beginning and intermediate-level Spanish language courses. 

Mia Howard is a graduate peer tutor pursuing her PhD in Plant Biology.  Her research focuses on how plants interact with insects and microorganisms.  She has been a teaching assistant for introductory biology courses and has experience with writing scientific research papers and proposals, as well as preparing presentations.

Selin Goktas is a graduate peer tutor pursuing her PhD in Developmental Psychology focusing on relationship processes and health. She is familiar with personal statements and cover letters. She is a native speaker of Turkish.

Hae-Song Jung is a graduate peer tutor from the department of Industrial and Labor Relations. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Human Resources & Organizations, with a special focus on talent analytics, organizational design, and international relations. Hae-Song has extensive previous experience creating curriculum for EAL K-12 students and reviewing college admission essays. She is fully bilingual in English and Korean, and is most familiar with personal statements, cover letters, resumes, and Psychology research papers.


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