Writing Tutorial – Details

More Details on ELING 310R: Writing Tutorial for Multilingual Students

Writing Tutorial Policies and Expectations:

The RWC expects that all students who join any version of the Tutorial will:
  1. Commit to attending all weekly meetings
We ask that you take the Tutorial as seriously. This includes coming every week, on time, to your scheduled meeting with your writing consultant. If you absolutely must miss a meeting, you can reschedule by contacting the RWC front desk. However, Tutorial students are only allowed TWO ABSENCES or THREE RESCHEDULES (except in cases of serious illness or other extenuating circumstances).
  1. Respect the process of collaboration
We ask that you take full responsibility for your own work in the Tutorial. While your consultant is there to help you learn, they can’t do your work for you. Please don’t ask your consultant to do your assignments for you or edit your papers without your participation. Remember that your own development as a writer is the most important thing you can get from the Tutorial.
  1. Communicate!
If you have questions or concerns about your experience, if your schedule changes, or if you feel the Tutorial isn’t working for you, contact us! Please don’t ghost us. Give us feedback and the chance to work with you to resolve your concerns!

More Info

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Other FAQs:

What is a multilingual student?

A multilingual student is any student from a language background more complex than “English is my native language.” Here are some examples of students who fit under the multilingual umbrella: • A student who speaks English as a second language • A student who grew up bilingual in English and another language • A student whose family primarily speaks a language other than English at home • Etc.

Is the Tutorial only for multilingual students?

Yes. This program is specifically designed to support multilingual students. We welcome all students, regardless of language background, to come to the Writing Center for regular one-on-one consultations with a peer writing consultant. If you’re not a multilingual student but you’re interested in the type of recurring support the Tutorial provides, please contact Tyler Gardner (tyler_gardner@byu.edu).

Does the Tutorial serve graduate students or only undergrads?

Due to limited resources, the Tutorial currently serves only undergrads. In the future, we hope to expand the program to include graduate students, too. Right now, as with all students, graduate students seeking writing help are invited to come to the Writing Center for regular one-on-one consultations. If you’re a graduate student interested in the type of recurring support the Tutorial provides, please contact Tyler Gardner (tyler_gardner@byu.edu).

Can a student join the Tutorial at any time during the semester?

Yes! While we encourage you to join the Tutorial early in the semester (or before the semester starts) in order to receive as much support as possible, you are welcome to join the program version at any time.

How is the Tutorial different from the Writing Center’s regular one-on-one consultations?

The Tutorial has a lot in common with our regular one-on-one consultations: meaningful collaborative experiences with a peer consultant, help at any stage of the writing process, student-led support, etc. However, there are a couple key differences: 1. Consultants in the Tutorial receive an additional level of training in working with multilingual writers. 2. Students in the Tutorial get consistent support over time from the same consultant (including help with setting and achieving goals) in a way that isn’t possible in a single session. 3. Students in the Tutorial course (ELING 310R) receive one hour of course credit for their semester-long participation in the Tutorial.

Can students in the Tutorial also schedule regular one-on-one consultations?

Yes! The Tutorial is not the only support the RWC offers to multilingual students — it’s just one extra option we offer in the spirit of giving focused support. Students are welcome to schedule regular consultations at any time, including while participating in the Tutorial.

Can I sign up for the Tutorial while I’m taking ELANG 150 or Writing 150?

It depends. We designed the Tutorial to extend the support students receive in ELANG 150 or Writing 150 to other semesters and other courses, so if ELANG 150 or Writing 150 is your only writing-heavy class, we will probably encourage you not to join the Tutorial. However, if you have other writing-intensive classes besides these, then you are welcome to join the Tutorial for support with those classes. Please reach out to Katie Watkins (katie_watkins@byu.edu) with questions.

Can I take the Tutorial more than once?

Yes. Students can participate in the Tutorial during multiple semesters and they can take the Tutorial course up to three times. To help you figure out what resources are available to you as a writer and make a plan for when the Tutorial will work best for your needs, contact Katie Watkins (katie_watkins@byu.edu). (Note: We can’t guarantee that you will be able to stick with your same consultant throughout more than one semester of the tutorial.
As with all students, ESL & multilingual students are welcome to drop in or schedule consultation appointments at the RWC at any time. Click here to learn more about consultations, or go back to the home page to sign up.