English 218: Advanced Composition/Peer Tutoring in Writing—the training course for
students recommended to be writing tutors
ENG 218 Course Outline
The student-tutors in the Writing Center take ENG 218, an intensive course that prepares
them for their work with other students. It is also a second level writing course
that benefits students who transfer to schools with challenging writing requirements.
Recommended students must have done well in their composition courses and be recommended
by a faculty member.
Students in the course are always writing—essays, revisions of essays, critiques,
journals, case studies—and receive detailed feedback on their work from fellow students
and the instructor.
At the same time, they look closely at issues in tutoring and learning, using their
experiences in the Writing Center as the basis for discussion.
The small size and seminar format of the class allow students to explore a range of
topics related to tutoring:
the writer’s dialogue with the other "self"
strategies for invention and increasing fluency
common sense approaches to grammar
rhetorical and stylistic choices
the challenges of revision
issues of language and non-verbal communication for ESL students
responding to analyses of literature
learning theory and learning styles
working with students with learning challenges
counseling aspects of tutoring
the role of electronic resources in tutoring
Qualified students who are interested in a challenging, exciting learning experience
may talk with one of their instructors about registering for the ENG 218 class. Permission
of the instructor and Writing Center director, Brenda Squires, is necessary, and students
must complete the composition sequence of ENG 101 and ENG 102 with a grade average
of "B" or better. The lab requirement of the four-credit course requires two hours
per week tutoring in the Writing Center.