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Center for Eloquentia Perfecta

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.

Two students in a writing and public speaking session

The goal of SLU-Madrid's Center for Eloquentia Perfecta (CEP) is to further the work of the University's written and oral communication courses, providing students with tools to meet challenges when called on to contribute to ethical public discourse throughout their university careers and beyond. The CEP can help you improve your writing and public speaking skills to make the most out of your assignments, exams and presentations.

The CEP offers consultations in person or asynchronously via email. In either case, you should make an appointment with a consultant. To see the opening hours, please go to the center's booking page.

Making an Appointment

  1.  Click here to schedule a consultation on your written or oral communication assignments. All appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.
  2. After you have made your appointment, send an email to eloquentia-madrid@slu.edu 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.
  3. Before your appointment date, a consultant will email you. If you do not receive an email, please check your spam or junk folder to see if it was routed there.
  4. If you have questions about your appointment or wish to cancel it, please email eloquentia-madrid@slu.edu.

Online Resources for Research, Writing and Public Speaking

There are websites to help create bibliographical entries, such as Citation Machine. Note that you will need to check the entries to ensure they include all of the needed information in the correct format.