Student Resources

ELS Student Guide

The English Language Services Student Guide, below, documents the various policies and procedures of English Language Services as well as the rights and privileges of students within the department. This guide includes items relevant to students within the department, in addition to offering knowledge about services that help those students. All items are in addition to policies published in student handbooks put forth by Illinois Institute of Technology. Wherein a policy is omitted in this guide, our department defaults to the university’s policy. For the most up-to-date Illinois Tech policies and procedures, please visit the Student Affairs Student Handbook, which may require logging into MyIIT.

SPEAK Conversation Group at Illinois Tech

SPEAK is a free weekly conversation group where you can chat with international and domestic students, staff, and faculty. No homework, no grading, no stress—just sharing our opinions, ideas, and cultures.

The first SPEAK of the semester will take place in person, on the lawn between Perlstein Hall and Hermann Hall (the "Man on a Bench" area). Pizza will be provided to those who RSVP by 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch and still enjoy the great conversations!

After September 8, SPEAK will be held virtually via Zoom until the indoor mask mandate is lifted. 

Please watch for the SPEAK flyers in Illinois Tech Today, What's Next, and the Office of Campus Life newsletter for more details.

Goals of SPEAK

  • To engage both international and domestic students in conversation
  • To have international and domestic students expand their cultural knowledge
  • To make friends globally
  • To have fun

Meeting Details

  • When: Wednesdays, 12:50–1:40 p.m. (September 8–November 10)
  • Where: TBD (check the weekly flyers or email for details)
  • Who: all students (international and domestic), faculty, and staff are welcome to attend
  • What: conversations, discussions, speaking activities, and games

Questions? Contact us at




Sept 8

Social (getting to know each other activities)

Sept 15

Culture shock

Sept 22 Study tips
Sept 29 IIT / IIT Clubs and Organizations
Oct 6 Pop culture
Oct 13 Exploring Chicago 
Oct 20 Sports
Oct 27 Halloween
Nov 3 Food/Restaurants
Nov 10 Managing stress


The English Language Program has compiled the list below of English language instructors who offer private tutoring for a fee. All instructors hold the equivalent of at least a master’s degree or higher in TESOL/TEFL/Linguistics or a closely related field.

The standard fee in the field for private tutoring for English language skills ranges from $50 to $100 per hourDiscount rates are sometimes available for purchasing multiple hours or for small group tutoring. All negotiations and transactions are at the discretion of the instructor.

It is important to note the following:

  • If you are interested in being tutored in English language skills, please contact the instructor below using their personal email address listed.
  • Instructors are NOT allowed to tutor current students in their classes. They may tutor past students or students in classes they are NOT currently teaching.
  • Tutoring should be arranged at a public location on or off campus agreed upon by both instructor and student.
Instructor Name Email Available to Tutor for...
Brian Casario Editing/Proofreading Writing, Reading, Writing, Speaking/Pronunciation
Timothy Gaherty Editing/Proofreading Writing, Writing, Speaking/Pronunciation, Grammar
Barbara (Basia) Krupa-Ryan Editing/Proofreading Writing, Reading, Writing, Speaking/Pronunciation, Grammar
Beth Conry Ontrop Reading, Speaking/Pronunciation, Listening, Grammar
Gil Ruman Editing/Proofreading Writing, Reading, Writing, Speaking/Pronunciation, Grammar, TOEFL/IELTS Prep
Deborah Silver Editing/Proofreading Writing, Reading, Writing, Grammar, Speaking/Pronunciation
Judy Sloane Editing/Proofreading Writing, Reading, Writing, Speaking/Pronunciation, Listening, Grammar

Online Resources

The faculty and staff of English Language Services have compiled a list of online resources for English language learners, including websites to help you practice listening, timed reading, pronunciation, and more. View our guide to online resources, below.