We’re here to help

Please encourage your students to visit the Speaking Space. Speaking Tutors help students prepare and deliver presentations, participate in or lead class discussions, and manage speaking anxiety.


We invite you to include the following message in your syllabi (feel free to either cut/paste or revise it as you see fit):

Speaking Tutors help students effectively speak and listen within academic conversations, from participating in or leading class discussions to preparing and rehearsing formal presentations. You can sign up for an appointment online or drop in Sundays-Thursdays 7-10pm in RML 355. Learn more at https://wp.stolaf.edu/academic-support/speaking-center/.

Class Visits

Speaking Tutors are available to visit the first or last five minutes of your class to introduce themselves, explain what we do, and give students stickers. While these class visits are scheduled for all ORC courses, any instructor is welcome to schedule a class visit by emailing Bridget (draxler@stolaf.edu).

Information on ORC at St. Olaf:

St. Olaf ORC Requirements 

ORC GE Proposal Submission Forms

Assessment Tools:

Simplified AAC&U Evaluation Form by Jo Beld

For additional resources or information on oral communication, please contact Bill Sonnega, Director of Oral Communications (ORC) at sonnega@stolaf.edu or Bridget Draxler, Writing and Speaking Specialist and supervisor of the Speaking Tutors, draxler@stolaf.edu.