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ERIC Number: ED416475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Opening the Locks: Centering Literacy and ESL in the Writing Center.
Blalock, Susan
Activating a community-based and university-based support system for non-anglophonic speakers falls naturally to the writing center. Writing centers employ consultants and help students across the disciplines, and they have historically specialized in collaborative, non-graded teaching. In addition, teachers untrained in English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching have sent their non-anglophonic students or students with serious English speaking and writing problems to writing centers as a last resort. Records show a dramatic increase in usage and a far greater return rate among non-anglophonic speakers than of native speakers when the center has trained, enthusiastic personnel. The writing center at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks has long courted both foreign ESL students and Alaska Native students. In 1995 the Literacy Council of Alaska asked the university to offer services to the foreign graduate students because they and their dependents were overloading the volunteers at the Literacy Council. Thus, the university gained a teaching assistant paid for outside the center and the English Department. A comparison of the number of writing center tutoring sessions conducted prior to the community liaison and the number after shows an astounding increase. To "unlock the locks" the writing center must be viewed as "central" regardless of where the site is in the university system. The initiative must start from inside the university and move to the outside. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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