2017 SPEAC students taking a selfie on a boat cruise

What the SPEAC Program Includes

SPEAC is designed to focus on the oral communication skills and aspects of U.S. culture that master's students in Engineering or Computer Information Science need for success in academic and professional settings. This program includes:

  • interactive and engaging courses on English pronunciation, presentation skills, discussion, and U.S. academic culture taught by experienced and credentialed professionals in teaching ESL (course descriptions)
  • social events including tours of campus and Ithaca, local music, shopping areas, restaurants, and parks
  • ongoing private tutoring to strengthen pronunciation skills and improve your confidence in communicating in English
  • presentations on campus resources specific to the international graduate student experience
  • job search preparation, including coaching on writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing, and networking
  • familiarization with the city bus system, grocery stores, and other places of importance to daily life

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