Tutoring & English Support

Are you looking for opportunities to improve your English skills? If so, programs offered by UB may be helpful.

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English Language Institute (ELI)

UB’s English Language Institute (ELI) offers UB international undergraduate and graduate students both credit-bearing and non-credit courses, as well as opportunities to develop the language skills necessary to succeed in their academic programs.

Feel free to visit the ELI in in Baldy Hall 320. Their phone number is 645-2077.

English as a Second Language Courses

Fall and Spring Semesters

  • ENG 100 Introduction to Academic Writing (undergraduate, 3.0 credits)
  • ENG 105 Writing and Rhetoric (undergraduate, 4.0 credit)
  • ESL 411 Advanced Spoken English (undergraduate, 3.0 credits)
  • ESL 512 Communication for International Teaching Assistants (graduate, 3.0 credits)

Open (Listening) Lab

Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters

The Listening Lab is available for both listening and pronunciation practice at no charge to UB international students. It is located in Clemens Hall 3.

Chat Room

Fall and Spring Semesters

The Chat Room is a face-to-face conversation program offered to UB international students at no charge. Two international students meet with a UB undergraduate student for 50 minutes. Chat Room appointments are made weekly and are limited to one appointment per week starting at 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 or 4:00 p.m.

Evening Program

Fall and Spring Semesters

Three non-credit, non-standard courses are offered through the ELI's Evening Program.

  • Advanced Communication 
  • Advanced Writing & Grammar
  • American English Pronunciation

Intensive English Program

Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a non-credit, full-time program of English language training. Students are enrolled in 25 hours per week of instruction in reading, writing, grammar, speaking and listening. Students usually enroll in the IEP prior to beginning a full-time undergraduate or graduate program of study.

UB Center for Excellence in Writing

UB's Center for Excellence in Writing (CEW) offers one-on-one writing consultations to UB students. The consultants discuss essays, reports, application materials, theses, dissertations, etc. They serve as a thoughtful, informed audience for writers across the disciplines and help them make choices about revision.

The CEW also offers an English Conversation Corner, which provides an informal, relaxed atmosphere for students who would like to practice their English conversation skills.

Last, the CEW also offers special programs for graduate students, such as Dissertation Retreats, Writing Groups and Abstract Writing Workshops.

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UB Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic's Accent Modification / Reduction for ESL Speakers

UB's Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic offers a program which focuses on accent reduction for English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers. The program is individualized for each participant according to his/her speech and language needs. The goal is not to ‘get rid’ of accent but to improve overall speech intelligibility and comprehensibility. 

The program is offered during the semester and is open to community members and UB international faculty and students. It begins with a mandatory comprehensive evaluation to assess speech and language intelligibility and comprehensibility in multiple contexts. The sessions focus on learning the differences between a participant’s native language and Standard American English (SAE) sounds.

To learn more about Accent Modification and how a Speech-Language Pathologist can help, contact the clinic office at 716-829-3980, or visit the accent modification website.