Graduate School

Graduate Language Assessment Support (GLAS)

The Graduate Language Assessment Support (GLAS) program, formerly International Graduate Student Communication and Cultural Center (IGSC3) under the English Language Institute (ELI), is a free program is designed for international graduate students who speak English as a second language.

Through small-group conversations that matter, students gain experience participating in class discussion, responding to questions, and listening effectively. GLAS coaches work with students to help them better understand US university expectations and gain insight into what students and instructors expect from each other in classrooms. GLAS students who are already teaching can practice lectures or lab presentations with their coach.

All international graduate students are welcome to attend and participate in the program.

  • Location: In the Graduate School, 4th Floor, Administrative Building.
  • Watch this short video to see International graduate students share what they've gained by participating in GLAS.

Despite campus closures, GLAS is still available for international graduate students! Sessions have now switched to online formats, and are available through a variety of platforms (Zoom, Google Hangouts, WeChat, etc.). 

At this time, GLAS offers a variety of language and social support options:

  • Participants may sign up for weekly informal conversations (virtual face-to-face meetings, online games, etc.), assistance with the language used in assignments, or professional/academic conversation and presentation practice.
  • Weekday, evening, and weekend appointments are available. 
  • Please email Sarah Isaacson, GLAS Program Director, at or Matt Luther, GLAS Lead coach, at, to sign up for a session.  

Who Can Participate?

All international graduate students are welcome to participate. The experience gained in the GLAS will enable international graduate students to participate more confidently in many contexts: 

  • Leading a lab discussion or teaching a class
  • Working effectively on teams and research groups
  • Presenting and representing Michigan Tech at conferences
  • Defending a thesis or a dissertation

About GLAS Sessions

During the sessions with GLAS coaches, both one-on-one and in a small group setting, students have opportunities to improve many aspects of communication:

  • Vocabulary
  • Slang and idioms
  • Listening
  • Pronunciation
  • Conversation
  • Cultural understanding and more...

Meet the GLAS Team


Maia Barnhart

"Hello, I am a transfer student at MTU currently working towards a BA in English with minors in both Business and Spanish. I am excited to work with GLAS to help students meet their communication goals. See you there!" 

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Krysta Indish

"I'm an anthropology major with a French International minor from Alcona, MI. I enjoy learning about different cultures, discussing the history behind cultural practices, and using historical data to make maps."

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Matt Luther

"I am currently pursuing a BA in English with a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I aspire to work either domestically or internationally as an English instructor upon graduation."

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Taylor Hammond

"I am a Mechanical Engineering major with an Aerospace Engineering minor. I strive to create meaningful connections to foster a deeper understanding of individuals' experiences and thoughts and to aid in effective communication."


Grace Ojala

"I am a dual Applied Geophysics and Anthropology student planning to pursue a career as an archaeologist. I love getting to know people through conversation, and I am looking forward to a great semester with IGSC3!"


Malina Gallmeyer 

"Hello! I am Malina Gallmeyer and I am from White Lake, Michigan. I love being outdoors, skiing, golfing, learning, baking and sewing. Here at Michigan Tech, I am studying Environmental Engineering with a minor in Spanish. I am well versed in South American culture and have studied for many years. I am very excited to meet new people and learn about other cultures while sharing my own at the GLAS! I hope to create effective and meaningful communication and connections throughout the year!"


Kady Gehrke

"I’m currently working towards a bachelor’s in Communication, Culture and Media at Michigan Tech with minors in International Spanish and International French. I have always been interested in other cultures and people and am looking forward to helping international students further their language skills!"