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by Melissa Mejia, staff writer

In a classroom, students gather in groups around the room with textbooks open, pens in hand, and ears listening. From the outside, it looks like these students are working on group projects; listening to their conversation one realizes they are discussing writing.

Despite every student’s wishes, writing is a likely requirement of nearly every course on campus. That’s why students are required to take writing courses as prerequisites for other classes. Students enrolled in Writing 1100 who need extra help to develop and strengthen their writing can visit the Tutoring Center or enroll in a lab class.

The Writing 1101 Lab class is a pass/fail course taken concurrently with Writing 1100. It partners students in groups with the same tutor for a semester. Tutors are enrolled in Writing 3510, Composition Studies, where they learn the theory and practice of teaching writing. Even with the different writing levels of all the students, the tutors are able to support them in developing new techniques and skills to be better academic writers.

“ The lab is a revision and editing workshop designed to work within the contexts of students’ Writing 1100 assignments,” said Angela Gili, Writing 1100 Lab coordinator and English instructor.
Students enrolled in the lab are a mix of native and non-native English speakers, including English Foundation Program [EFP] students transitioning into Writing 1100 classes. “The tutors can help EFP students in multiple ways,” Gili said: “in understanding an assignment their professor gives, in interpreting and applying the demands of American writing standards, and in helping with language acquisition and learning about the culture.”

The groups are interactive and students are able to learn from each other as well as from the tutor. Crystal Bisquera said that being able to discuss a topic helped her to get more ideas for her papers.
“ The class helps with drafts that I need to turn in,” Lehua Torres said. “She [the tutor] gives really good input on what I need to change and how I can reword sentences.”

The tutors have access to the required textbooks and supplements, such as the MLA Handbook, and the teacher’s instructions, clarify assignments and answer student questions.

“ I really like it [the lab],” Bisquera said. “It’s helpful, and unlike the other students in our writing class, we have a little more help, which puts us ahead.”

The tutors also feel they have impact on a student’s performance. “It’s fulfilling to know that you can help someone in your class,” tutor Jessica Kojima said. “You become a part of helping them [the students] be successful in their writing” added Kojima.

Tutor Tom Whitney said that he likes to hope that he’s helping his students because they’re listening and their conversations are engaging.

The class meets twice a week on Monday and Wednesday with two sessions available.

For more information about enrolling in the Writing 1101 Lab class for the spring semester call Angela Gili at 544-0297 or e-mail agili@hpu.edu.

For more information

Writing 1101 Lab- offered on Monday and Wednesday. There are two sections of the lab taught by Angela Gili or Catherine Sanja. Classes are held from 8:35 to 9:30 a.m. and 9:40 to 10:35 a.m.

Writing 35110 Composition Studies- Students enrolled in the class tutor in the lab twice a week and meet for class on Friday. The class is held from 8:35 to 10:35 a.m.

To learn more about these classes call Angela Gili at 544- 0297 or e-mail agili@hpu.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

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