ESL Tutoring

The Office of Academic Support provides free tutoring support to students who want to improve their English skills and become more confident in their ability to communicate in English. Our English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors can assist students in the following areas:

Speaking and listening:

  • Finding the right words to express your thoughts.
  • Improving pronunciation, grammar and word choice.
  • Improving English vocabulary.
  • Understanding rapidly spoken English, American sayings and colloquial language.

Reading and writing:

  • Improving reading, understanding and responding to college texts.
  • Improving English grammar (e.g., writing complete sentences).
  • Understanding how to compose different types of writing (e.g., thesis and argument).
  • Understanding citation rules.

Background knowledge in American culture and history:

  • Basic American geography, government, history, and politics.
  • Cultural cliches and allusions.
  • Commonly known Western literature.


Fall 2017: Our English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor is Brianna Smith.  Brianna is available to tutor in the Office of Academic Support at these times:

  • Mondays: 12-3 p.m. (beginning Monday, Sept. 11)
  • Tuesdays: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5)
  • Thursdays: 6-8 p.m. (beginning Thursday, Sept. 7)
  • Fridays: 1-2 p.m. (beginning Friday, Sept. 8). Note: Brianna will not be available Friday, Oct. 20, or Friday, Dec. 1.

Students may schedule an appointment with Brianna by contacting Academic Support at 716.286.8072, by emailing Marissa Beccari, administrative assistant in the Office of Academic Support, at or by emailing Brianna Smith at