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UVM Writing Center: English Language Learners

English Language Learners

The UVM Writing Center provides one-one-one tutoring for English language learners.

  • Do you have a question about a paper you're writing?
  • Would you like to meet with a tutor at some point in the process—perhaps to understand an assignment, talk about expectations for a certain type of writing, revise a draft, or edit for spelling, grammar, and punctuation?
  • Would you like to improve your skills at writing and speaking English?

At the Writing Center, you can work on your writing with trained peer writing tutors from a variety of disciplines. All Writing Center tutors receive preparation and practice in supporting English language learners. This service is free.

Making a Writing Center Appointment

Make an appointment online at www.uvm.edu/tutor. Appointments are scheduled for 50 minutes, in order to give you time to work on your paper during the session. You will meet your tutor at the Writing Center on the first floor of Bailey/Howe Library (room 105), just past the main stairs, across from the Reference Desk.

Writing Partners Program

If you plan on coming to the Writing Center several times, you can request a writing partner.

Writing partners are for students who would like to meet regularly with a tutor, usually once a week. You can download the application on the writing partners webpage or you can write directly to Sue Dinitz. Include the following information in your email:

  • "Writing Partner Request" in the subject line
  • Name and year in school
  • Email address and phone number
  • Brief description of the papers you are working on this semester and for what classes
  • Description of what you want to work on in your sessions and of the types of support you're looking for
  • All the times you're available to meet—we're open Mon-Thurs 10am–9pm, Fri 10am–5pm, Sun 6–9pm
  • Any additional information, including if you'd like to be matched with a particular tutor

Once your application has been received, Sue will match you with an experienced writing tutor who fits your needs and schedule. For more information, see the Writing Partners webpage.

Suggestions to Get the Most out of Your Tutoring Sessions

  • Bring a copy of the assignment and of any materials you will be using in writing your paper.
  • Tell the tutor what you hope to accomplish in the session.
  • Tell the tutor about strategies that have worked for you in the past.

Writing Center Services are Confidential

However, you can request that we send information about your session to a faculty or staff member. Faculty and staff usually appreciate the extra effort you're making to see a tutor.

Group Tutoring

Writing center tutors also work with English language learners who wish to improve their speaking skills through English 95: The Conversation Circle (one credit).

UVM Writing Center handouts and information sheets

Varying Sentence Types in Your Writing
English Grammar Outline

Useful Websites for English Language Learners

The OWL at Purdue

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University has extensive resources designed for a broad audience, including students and teachers. The site includes sections on the writing process; grammar, usage, and mechanics tips; genre and discipline-specific guides; ESL tips; and sections on teaching and tutoring writing.

ESL Gold

Extensive materials for ESL students and teachers for building skills with reading writing, listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation.

Activities for ESL Students

Grammar quizzes, vocabulary quizzes, crossword puzzles

Dave's ESL Cafe

Grammar lessons, quizzes, help center

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Practice your listening skills.

Have Questions?

If you have a question or suggestion or would like support in being connected with the appropriate service, contact Sue Dinitz, Writing Center Director, 656-7963, sdinitz@uvm.edu.

Last modified January 31 2014 02:16 PM

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