The PSU Writing Center is an excellent place for ESOL students to visit while they are working on their writing assignments. One-to-one, individualized conferences allow students the opportunity to ask about cultural references, grammatical rules and conventions, and general expectations of writing at an American university. A weekly appointment can be especially beneficial. The Writing Center welcomes all ESOL students.
The Writing Center is staffed by a diverse group of students and professionals from various disciplines. We assist students with course-related writing or any other writing task they have, such as resumes, scholarship essays, etc. We help at any stage of the writing process, whether brainstorming ideas, creating outlines, sharing a draft or partial draft, responding to professors’ comments, checking mechanics and grammar, or citing sources. We work with writers of all levels, and we strive be friendly and supportive at all times.
Conferences can be as short as five minutes or as long as an hour. After the conference, the consultant will write a few sentences on the visit slip about what was done during the session and what the writer plans to do next. This information is not evaluative—we’re not here to judge the writers who visit. If the writer is working on course-related writing, we email the report to the student’s professor. This is good news for the writers who visit, because we hear that professors like knowing that students are taking care with their writing.