The Ratio Studiorum, a curricular document produced by the Jesuits in 1599, included eloquentia perfecta, which promotes eloquence in speech and writing by inviting students to use rhetoric thoughtfully to contribute to the common good.
The goal of SLU-Madrid's Center for Eloquentia Perfecta is to further the work of the University's written and oral communication courses in providing students with tools to meet challenges when called on to contribute to ethical public discourse throughout their university careers and beyond.
Fall 2020 opening hours:
Written Communication: Monday: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Tuesday: 12:30 - 2 p.m.; Wednesday: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.; Thursday: 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Oral & Visual Communication: Tuesday: 10 a.m. - noon; 2 - 3 p.m.; Thursday: 10 a.m. - noon
The Center is located in Padre Rubio Hall, Room 12. Walk-ins are welcome! However, it is best to make an appointment to book a time slot.
How to make an appointment:
- To make an appointment for consultation on your written or oral communication assignments, click here. Note: all appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.
- After you have made your appointment, you must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- What you would like to work on during the meeting (e.g. paragraph structure, clarity, organization, citations, design of visuals, etc.)
- The assignment instructions, an assessment rubric (if you have one), or other specifications.
This short video explains how to book an appointment.
- Prior to your appointment date, a consultant will email you (if you do not receive an email, please make sure to check your spam or junk folder to see if it was routed there.)
- If you have specific questions about your appointment or you wish to cancel it and cannot do so using the booking form, please email email@example.com.
Online Resources for Research, Writing, and Public Speaking
- Harvard University Writing Center
- William Strunk Jr. The Elements of Style (1918)
- Writing Essays in Art History
- Business Writing: An Introduction (Colorado State University)
- A Brief Guide to Writing a History Paper
- Writing Historical Essays: A Guide for Undergraduates
- A Brief Guide to Writing an English Paper
- Norton Online Guide to Writing about Literature
- Writing in Literature
- A Brief Guide to Writing a Philosophy Paper
- Writing for Psychology: A Guide for Psychology Concentrators
- Writing the Literature Review (The University of Vermont)
- Writing in Science and Engineering (Penn State)
- Guidelines for Writing a Lab Report (MIT)
There are websites to help create bibliographical entries, such as Citation Machine; note that you will need to check the entries to make sure that they include all of the needed information in the correct format.