English language learners encounter difficulties communicating in work and academic situations. These problems can have negative effects on job performance, educational advancement, and everyday life activities.

Do you struggle in class or at work because English is not your native language? At the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic, we can assist you with:


Our clinicians can teach you to produce English speech sounds that do not occur in your native language. Also, they can help you to pronounce words and sentences that sound more like those of a native speaker. You may have heard this referred to as accent reduction treatment.

Sentence Structure

English grammar is often difficult for non-native speakers. Our clinicians can teach you the rules of English grammar, and help you to produce sentences with fewer errors. Also, you can learn when to use certain word endings, such as plurals and past tense forms.

English Language LearnersVocabulary

Our clinicians can help you to learn the words that you need to know for class or for work. They also teach strategies for learning new words on your own.

Conversational Skills

There are a number of conversational skills that are needed to meet daily needs. For example, it is important to be able to ask for (and provide) directions, and to ask questions when you do not understand. Our clinicians can help you to develop these skills.

Listening Skills

Our clinicians can help you develop the skills that you need to better understand class lectures, phone conversations, and television programs.

At the IUP Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic, we provide language treatment for English language learners, also called dual language learners or English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. Students in training provide services under the direct supervision of certified speech-language pathologists using up-to-date, research-based treatments. Call the clinic for information, 724-357-2451.