ELI Support Services

The Office of Support Services of the English Language Institute serves multilingual members of the George Mason University community and the faculty and staff who work with them. It provides programs and services, including workshops and tutoring, which help multilinguals strengthen their English language and academic skills and increase their cultural knowledge so that they can better meet the challenges that they encounter at the university. The support services office also administers language assessments at the request of Mason departments and other units and provides workshops and consulting for faculty and staff on issues related to multilingualism at the university.

All enrolled (academically admitted) multilingual students, as well as international faculty, visiting scholars, and teaching assistants are eligible for ELI services, which are  designed to provide the help they need so that their linguistic and cultural background does not hinder their academic success at Mason.

English Language Improvement Workshops

During summer 2014, there will be seven workshop series for seven weeks offered on the Fairfax campus: Preparation for Graduate Writing, Advanced Grammar, Public Speaking for the Classroom, Idioms for Professional and Academic Use,  Improving Conversation Skills Through American Theatre, Research Writing, Pronunciation, and Book Discussion Group (Zeitoun by Dave Eggers). Workshops are free and are open to all multilingual (ESL/EFL) members of the George Mason community including students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars and spouses. Registration for the Public Speaking workshops and Preparation for Graduate Writing workshops will take place on site at the first meeting. Public Speaking workshops are limited to 15 participants; priority will be given to George Mason teaching assistants. Preparation for Graduate Writing workshops are limited to 25 participants; priority will be given to current George Mason graduate students.

The English Conversation Program

The English Conversation Program helps newly-arrived international students, faculty and visiting scholars  improve their spoken English and become more comfortable living and studying in the United States. Students meet one hour a week with a group of 4-6 international students and a conversation leader.  This program is free and is offered each Fall and Spring semester; groups meet at various times throughout the week.

For more information or to sign up for one of the groups, contact Johanna Koh at jbyrne2@gmu.edu or 703-993-3660.

The University Writing Center

Graduate assistants trained in Teaching English as a Second Language provide one-on-one tutoring and offer workshops on various aspects of the writing process. Services are provided on the Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William campuses.

For a tutoring appointment, visit the George Mason University Writing Center in Robinson Hall A, room 114 or call 703-993-1200.

Visit the For Faculty and Administrators page for additional services to faculty and administrators serving multilingual members of Mason.  These services include SPEAK testing for teaching assistants, and tutoring by referral for academic students.

Fall 2014

Beginning in fall 2014, the English Language Institute and the Center for International Student Access will join together with the company INTO University Partnerships to become INTO George Mason University.