The Tools for Clear Speech (TfCS) program improves the pronunciation, fluency, and pragmatic abilities of English language learners (ELLs) and non-native English speakers at Baruch College. Our participants achieve more effective and intelligible communication, developing skills that empower them to succeed in their classrooms, careers, and beyond. Through collaboration with peer support units in the Division of Teaching and Learning, TfCS enriches the diversity of the College by providing opportunities to foster intercultural communication, inclusion, and global awareness among the College’s multicultural and multilingual community.
TfCS offers a variety of services. Below is a video overview of our offerings (choose English or Mandarin Chinese):
- One-to-One Sessions with Professional Speech Consultants
- Overview Workshops
- Small-Group Conversation Hours
- Focused Skills Series
- Oral Communication Video Assessment
- Tools To-Go, Distance Learning Resources for Guided Practice
TfCS services are developed and delivered by professional Speech Consultants who hold advanced degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and/or Applied Linguistics, and who bring many years of experience teaching in classrooms, small-group workshops, and one-to-one settings.
TfCS is deeply grateful for the support from the following donors and organizations:
The Joseph Drown Foundation was formed in 1953 to provide an organized means for its founder, Joseph Warford Drown, to make charitable gifts during his lifetime and to have the Foundation continue making grants upon his death.
Joseph Drown, whose life spanned the period of 1906 to 1982, was active in the hotel industry from his early 20’s until the end of his career. He started as an employee, then in management and subsequently ownership. His prize ownership, which he personally developed in 1945, was the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. He also employed his business skills in the acquisition and operation of numerous other businesses and properties.
The Foundation attempts to reflect directly the interests of Joseph Drown by focusing its resources on the areas which particularly concerned him. These include education, medical and scientific research; community, health and social services and, to a lesser degree, the arts and humanities.
The Foundation’s goal is to assist individuals in becoming successful, self-sustaining, contributing citizens. The Foundation is interested in programs that break down any barrier that prevents a person from continuing to grow and learn.
Please browse our site for more information, and feel free to contact us with any questions.