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University Resources for Multilingual Speakers of English

I. WRITING CENTER—Opt-In ESL Support Program

The program was designed specifically for students whose first language is not English who feel they might benefit from additional, targeted support over the course of an entire semester.

Students in our opt-in ESL program will benefit from:

  • CONTINUITY: Students will meet WITH THE SAME TUTOR for up to 30 sessions, twice per week. This enables both the student and tutor to build on what they have worked on in previous sessions.
  • DIRECT HELP WITH SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENTS: Students will work with their tutor for a minimum of TWO sessions PER ASSIGNMENT. Each session will be devoted to sentence-level mechanics or to larger overall concerns such as argument and organization.
  • WORKSHOPS: Tutors will recommend writing center workshops to their tutees based on their specific needs. The Writing Center offers a variety of workshops: The Research Process workshop series in 3 parts, How to Build an Argument, the Revision Process and a Grammar Refresher. For specific dates, please check our calendar of events on the homepage.

To sign up for the Opt-In Support Program, schedule an appointment with an ESL Specialist through the online scheduler. Select the ESL Specialist drop-down menu. During your first appointment, inform your tutor that you would like to register for the Opt-In program. Be sure to explain that you are an ACCESS Alumni. She will then schedule you for two appointments per week for the whole semester. For any questions, please contact Eiman at today!

II. ELI—Reading, Listening, and Speaking Tutoring

The ELI’s Office of Support Services provides services to non-native English speaking members of the campus community, including graduate and undergraduate students, teaching assistants, faculty and staff. The goal of Support Services programs is to give non-native speakers the help they need so that their linguistic and cultural backgrounds won’t hinder their academic and professional success at George Mason University. Programs include tutoring, courses and workshops.

For more information, contact Melissa Allen at or 703-993-3642.

III. Library

As your librarian, I communicate, consult and collaborate with students and faculty; instruct classes, and provide one-on-one research assistance in person, by phone, e-mail & iMasonLibraries. In addition, I select books, journals, multimedia, online sources and other scholarly materials for the Center for International Student Access. Need help? Just ask — I look forward to working with you!

Elena Landry, Library Specialist (

IV. Academic Support Services

Learning Services  

Provides study skills workshops, academic skills program, and academic counseling.

Student Union Building I, Room 3129



Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)  

Provides individual and group counseling, workshops and outreach programs.

Student Union 1, Room 3129


Office of Disability Services (ODS) 

Assists students with disabilities to obtain reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and support services.

Student Union 1, Room 4205
703.993.2474 or 703.993.2476 (TTY)


Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) 

Provides Assistive Technology assessments, support and training.  Also provision of accessible text. The referral process is initiated through the Office of Disability Services.

Aquia Building, Room 238



Tutor Referral  

Recruits and maintains a tutor referral program. Tutors are available for most subjects offered at GMU.


Math Tutoring Center  

Free tutoring for freshman/sophomore math courses (up to MATH 290).

Johnson Center room 344