Oral Communication/Speech Center

The Academic Support Oral Communication/Speech Center is staffed by instructional assistants/tutors who are available to assist you with any of your speech assignments. We will work with you in a one-on-one Zoom or tabletop consultation, providing guidance throughout all stages of the speech-crafting process. We welcome you to use our services regularly, and we’ll try our best to help you develop effective oral communication skills and achieve your academic goals.

We encourage you to view the orientation video below to review access, services, and our tutoring options.

The Speech Center is physically open with limited seating and access to computers as shown below.

Lee Campus O-205


Monday - Wednesday: 8:30am - 7:00pm Thursday: 8:30am - 6:30pm

Oral Communication Center/Speech Remote Services: Meet Virtually with a Tutor!

Join the speech/writing queue* for a Zoom "drop-in" session, during these times:

Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 6:00pm

Be sure to provide your FSW email address when joining the queue line so a Zoom link with your tutor can be sent.

*Queues may close earlier than listed due to wait times and demand.

What Do Our Remote Zoom Sessions Provide?

  • A one-on-one consultation where we discuss your speech assignment with you for up to 40 minutes.
  • Assistance at any point in the speech-crafting process.
  • A discussion of strengths and weaknesses of your oral communication skills, allowing you the opportunity to take what you have learned and put it into action.
  • A consultation sheet that documents the content we discussed during the session.
  • A collection of handouts and other resources to help improve your oral communication ability.

Preparing for Your Remote Zoom Visit

  • Know the specifics of the assignment, your professor’s expectations, and what you wish to accomplish during each tutoring session.
  • You will need to use a computer or laptop to get the most out of your session. A microphone and camera are recommended but not required.
  • Thoroughly read or watch all related materials (e.g. text chapters, articles, videos etc.)
  • Give considerable thought to the assignment prior to your session.
  • Have a specific question regarding the assignment when coming in for help.
  • Allow sufficient time before your assignment is due to work with your tutor.
  • Realize that by discussing your work-in-progress, we will guide you through all stages of the speech-crafting process. Although we will address patterns of errors in your assignments, it is your responsibility to proofread and edit your own work.
  • Make sure you have a distraction-free place to work without interruption for the duration of your session. Mute your phone during your consultation.

Want to "drop-off" a speech assignment for review by an FSW Tutor?

  • Email to WCOnline@fsw.edu
  • Include your name, student ID, and course in the email message
  • Same day review is not available; assignments must be emailed at least 48-72 hours in advance
  • Speech assignments should be sent as a Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format
  • Requests directly to Oral Communication Center/Speech staff will not be reviewed

In order for you to get the most out of each review and save time, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Know which primary concerns you would like to address (citations, thesis, grammar).
  • Send assignment instruction to us.

Email Laura.Price@fsw.edu for more information on oral communication services available through the Academic Support Oral Communication/Speech Center.

Information regarding additional tutoring assistance and resources