Language Center

The Language Center is located in SRB Humanities Building Room 205 on the Main Campus. No appointment is necessary to use the Language Center on the Main Campus.

Hours of Operation


Day Open Close
Monday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM 7:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM 7:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM 3:00 PM


Day Open Close
Monday 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Tuesday 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
Wednesday 10:30 AM 2:30 PM
Thursday 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
(615) 230 - 3397

The Language Center at Volunteer State Community College recognizes that writing and communicating are skills that must be sharpened, particularly in the current global environment. To aid in achieving this end, the Language Center helps students in all disciplines become more effective and more confident scholars. All students benefit from sharing their works in progress with knowledgeable, attentive readers and listeners. Here at the Language Center, we work collaboratively with all who come to the LC looking for guidance, advice, or just an audience. Good writers, good communicators, are not born with special talents; writing and communicating require skills that must be learned and honed. The Language Center works in conjunction with faculty to provide students with support and assistance in a friendly, relaxed environment. Ultimately, the Language Center aims to help students to prepare themselves not only for success in their academic pursuits but also for success in both local and global communities.

The Language Center offers professional tutors, many of whom are full-time faculty members at Vol State who teach English and Communications courses. There will also be trained peer tutors available; all tutors provide one-on-one tutoring. We also have materials about academic writing that students can take to use when they are unable to come to the LC. There are, however, a few things tutors in the Language Center will not do:

  • Tutors will not write papers for students
  • Tutors will not edit papers, particularly in the absence of the student
  • Tutors will not comment on a grade, an instructor's commentary on a particular paper, or on the instructor in general.

The Language Center is available for all students seeking help with writing, including the following areas:

  • Generating ideas
  • Getting started
  • Thesis, focus, and development
  • Organization and unity
  • Style and diction
  • Grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
  • Proofreading techniques
  • MLA, APA, AMA, and Chicago/Turabian documentation styles
  • Spanish and French tutors available on an abbreviated schedule; contact someone in the Language Center or your foreign language teacher for more information
  • Qualified writing assistants for one-on-one tutoring
  • Computers with Microsoft Office and Internet access for research
  • Scanners for preparing class assignments
  • Grammar handbooks and style manuals
  • Software to assist with planning papers and projects - OpenMind
  • English Basics and Grammar Software: Fundamentals of English Grammar, Understanding & Using English Grammar
  • ESOL software - Rosetta Stone English, Fundamentals of English Grammar, Understanding & Using English Grammar and The Bedford Handbook (electronic version)
  • Foreign language software - Rosetta Stone Spanish & French