English for Speakers of Other Languages

Learning to use language effectively takes time and practice.

ESOL Center Scheduling Database

Bentley University students whose home language is not English are invited to take advantage of the free tutorial services offered by Bentley’s ESOL Center.  English Department faculty members who specialize in teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) provide support to help students achieve success in their courses across the curriculum.

Bentley Library 026

Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the ESOL Center have drop-in tutoring?
Yes. You may drop by the center at any time to see if a tutor is available. However, since there is high demand for tutors, we recommend that you make an appointment.

How can I make an appointment to work with a tutor? Access the ESOL Center Scheduling Database web page and follow the scheduling instructions. Call 781.891.2021. You can make an appointment two to three weeks in advance, until 9:00 a.m., on the day of the desired appointment. After 9:00 a.m., on the day of the desired appointment, stop by or call the center at 781.891.2021 to see if a tutor is available.

How far in advance of an assignment deadline should I schedule an appointment? Remember that there is high demand for tutors and that you may not be able to see a tutor at the last minute. Make an appointment as soon as you realize you will need help. Leave enough time to make revisions before a written assignment is due.

What should I do if I need to cancel an appointment? Please cancel any tutorial session you cannot attend so that another student can use that time. You can cancel an appointment more than 24 hours in advance through the "My Appointments" link on the ESOL Center Scheduling Database web page. If you are canceling within 24 hours, please call 781.891.2021 and leave a message, or stop by the center to tell one of the tutors.

What happens if I am late for an appointment? Your time may be cut short if you are late. If you are more than 10 minutes late, your appointment may be given to another student who is waiting.

How should I prepare for my tutorial session? Have specific questions or a clear idea of what you want to work on. If you need help with a paper or oral presentation, bring the instructor’s assignment sheet (if there is one); all relevant materials such as your notes, earlier drafts of a paper (especially those that have the instructor’s comments); and/or any source materials (e.g., books or web printouts).

Does the ESOL Center provide individualized help with pronunciation? Yes. You may make an appointment to work one-on-one with a tutor. In addition or alternatively, you may drop by the center to work independently with the pronunciation computer programs in the media room.

Can graduate students use the ESOL Center? Yes. ESOL graduate students may use the ESOL Center, but they should first meet with Professor Mary Wright, coordinator of Graduate ESOL Tutorials. Her tutoring hours and a sign-up list are posted on her office door, Adamian Academic 095. Students may also call 781.891.2055 for an appointment.

Can ESOL students use the Writing Center in addition to the ESOL Center? Yes. Both the Writing Center and the ESOL Center assist students with writing, and ESOL students may use either center. If you need help with reading, pronunciation, conversation, or ESOL-related writing issues, please contact the ESOL Center, as the Writing Center tutors are not trained in these areas.

Can instructors refer students to the ESOL Center? Yes. Faculty across the curriculum may refer undergraduate students to the ESOL Center by sending a completed ESOL Center Referral Form to Professor Pamela Carpenter/English Department or giving the completed form to the student to bring to the center. For further information, please contact Pam at pcarpenter@bentley.edu or at 781.891.2023.

The more tutoring sessions you attend, the more you will improve.

We look forward to seeing you often!