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with an English Writing Consultant

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.