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
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
For more information about enrolling in the Writing 1101 Lab
class for the spring semester call Angela Gili at 544-0297 or
For more information
Writing 1101 Lab- offered on Monday and Wednesday.
There are two sections of the lab taught by Angela
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
To learn more about these classes call Angela Gili at
544- 0297 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.