The University of Iowa

Speaking Center

Department of Rhetoric
412 English Philosophy Building
(319) 335-0205

Spring 2014 Hours:
Mon 9-11:30 a.m. and 12-5 p.m.
Tues 9:30-12 and 1-4:30 p.m.
Wed 9 am - 2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.
Thu 10:30-1:30 and 2-5 p.m.
Fri 9:30-12:30 and 2-5 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT (You will be directed to another website to create an online account)

NOTE: To accommodate as many students as possible and discourage last minute cancellations, the Speaking Center has instituted a 24 hour cancellation policy.  Students who repeatedly don't show up for scheduled appointments will be asked to wait until next semester to use our services again.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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The Speaking Center’s General Mission

The Speaking Center, housed in the Rhetoric Department in Rooms 410, 412, and 414 EPB, offers quality, one-on-one and small group tutoring and consultation to students and instructors on campus who would like to work on any aspect of oral communication. We work with a range of students from many disciplines on such issues as: effective participation in class discussions, crafting and delivering oral presentations, understanding unfamiliar cultural references, interview skills, creative performances, and speech anxiety. We also work with instructors on: crafting clear assignments, fostering classroom presence, ensuring that all students can access their reading assignments, going on the job market, and delivering poster and conference presentations.

Each semester we have the good fortune to tutor many international students and instructors who have met our ESL pre-requisites (completion of the (pre-ESL) IIEP program, if applicable, and a grade of C or better in both ESL 183 and 184) on such issues as: participating in discussion classes, understanding assignments, avoiding plagiarism on assignments, comprehending cultural references and unfamiliar vocabulary in assigned and unassigned reading, crafting and delivering speeches, etc.

You may reserve a maximum of three 25 minute appointments each week. Appointments are reserved on-line starting the first day of a new semester. Appointments are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Information for Non-Native Speaker of English

If you are a non-native speaker of English, please read the following ESL Policy before registering for an appointment:

Our services are open to all University of Iowa undergraduates and graduate students who have completed all IIEP (pre-ESL) requirements, if applicable, and who have completed ESL 183 and 184 with a grade of C or better.

Our Speaking Center tutors work with students to improve their public speaking skills, gain confidence in joining class discussion, and improve basic conversational language skills. We provide one-on-one and small group instruction to students who want to improve their speaking performance in any course or domain of university life. Instruction is tailored to students' individual needs and includes help with delivery techniques, methods of organizing material, strategies for effective presentations, options for preparing and practicing speeches, and methods of generating and using responses to speeches for further improvement.

The Speaking Center is also a resource for University of Iowa Professors and Graduate Teaching Assistants. Our tutors work with instructors to design and deliver effective lectures, overcome speech anxiety, organize presentations, and improve classroom dynamics. We also offer help on thesis and dissertation defenses, readings and other performances, job interviews, and conference presentations.

Learn more about the Speaking Center's Resources for Instructors

Please click HERE to sign up for an appointment.