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1-to-1 Speaking Consultations

The English Language Center (ELC) offers 1-to-1 Speaking Consultations (SC) that are designed to meet the speaking needs of Vanderbilt University students, faculty, and scholars who use English as an additional language. Employees of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are not eligible for SC sessions.

Due to the varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the university’s students, faculty, and scholars, their abilities and needs in accomplishing course speaking requirements may vary significantly from those of native English-speaking students. The instructors and speaking consultants at the ELC are well acquainted with typical speaking styles of non-native English speakers. Consultations are between participants and consultants in order to determine the individual’s most pressing needs. SC sessions provide constructive feedback to help speakers develop strategies for successful speaking in the academic context.

Special Information

All ELC 1-to-1 Speaking, Pronunciation, and Writing Consultations are remote via Zoom.

The day of your appointment, your consultant will email you a Zoom meeting invitation with instructions. Learn how Zoom meeting invitations work:

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Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional students may schedule up to three (3) consultations per week.

Please note: speaking consultations are offered only during Fall and Spring semesters (closed during Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break).

SC Appointments should be scheduled 24 hours in advance whenever possible. Any appointment requested after 4:30pm for the next day will be rescheduled.

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Before You Arrive

Students who plan to participate in these sessions are REQUIRED to read 1-to-1 Speaking Consultation Policies.

1-to-1 Speaking Consultation sessions focus on language issues in academic spoken English.


For more information about 1-to-1 Speaking Consultations, contact:

English Language Center, Main Office
Tel: +1 615-322-2277