The English Writing Consultants' responsibilities include:

  • Consulting one-on-one with international graduate students. The consultations focus on helping students acquire strategies to improve the organization, structure, vocabulary, grammar, and fluency of their writing and to ensure that the intended message is communicated in an effective and efficient way
  • Leading workshops on English language use in research writing
  • Facilitating graduate writers’ use of writing technologies for non-native speakers of English (e.g. search engines for linguistic data).

*In the interest of all parties, our writing consultants sign confidentiality agreements that protect the privacy of students seeking writing assistance and guard against the disclosure of sensitive data or information shared by students during tutoring sessions. 

The English Writing Consultants operate within three dimensions, helping international graduate students in the following ways:

Language needs awareness
  • Diagnose English writing difficulties and understand own needs for language improvement,
  • Discuss writing issues in a culturally sensitive environment,
  • Understand cross-cultural differences in logic, topic development, rhetorical patterns, and/or argumentation,
  • Clarify misunderstandings of faculty feedback,
  • Locate and effectively use resources for independent and/or guided English writing practice and developement.
Macro-level writing difficulties
  • Understand the linguistic realizations of the conventions of research genres,
  • Enhance overall communicative effectiveness, substantiation of claims, and use of appropriate discourse features,
  • Clarify purpose to ensure appropriate discourse structure,
  • Choose appropriate linguistic signals and signposts in the development of scientific arguments,
  • Use appropriate language structures to sustain consistency and cohesion,
  • Improve understanding and use of strategies for concise and precise writing,
  • Use appropriate language structures to express author stance.
Micro-level writing difficulties
  • Address recurrent grammatical and stylistic errors,
  • Clarify the meaning of unclear sentences and phrases,
  • Make appropriate lexical choices to clearly express intended meaning in small stretches of text,
  • Expand academic English vocabulary.