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    • Welcome to the
      Higher College of Technology
      Writing
      Centre
    • HCT Writing Centre
      Photo by Hamdy Hussein
    • Background
      Writing Centres: An International Concept
    • Writing Centres Have . . .
      Successfully helped students in schools, colleges, and universities since the 1970s
      Writing centres suit the special needs of students learning English as a second or foreign language
      With at least 30 major differences between the English and Arabic languages, these students face certain challenges; we are there to provide personalised assistance
    • Most colleges and universities worldwide offer free writing centre services to their students
      Typical services offered by writing centres include help with structure and organisation of writing
    • How the HCT Writing Centre Can Benefit the Student
      The HCT Writing Centre offers tutoring one-on-one, face-to-face, giving the student personalised attention
      Some students who are having specific difficulties will discuss them personally with the centre’s tutor but not with a teacher in a classroom
      Students with special needs in English can often be helped with the personal attention tutoring provides
    • How the HCT Writing Centre Can Benefit the Student
      Marks can increase dramatically in all forms of study as this overflows into speaking, reading, and listening
      Tutoring, if done correctly, can greatly improve a students’ self-esteem as the student and tutor are on the level. Body language and the approach of the tutor are essential
      There are many more benefits for student, teacher, and tutor
    • Existing Centres in the Gulf Region
      College of the North Atlantic—DohaSeveral of our lecturers attended an international writing centre symposium there in October 2007
      The American University of SharjahSharjah has a small writing centre located in their library. They have a staff of 14 tutors, and they hold regular workshops
    • Existing Centres in the Gulf Region
      University of BahrainThis a newly-established Centre seems to be very organised, and they have already created a Web site
      University of QatarThe University of Qatar has a Web-based writing facility (available only through their intranet)
    • Last week, the Higher College of Technology opened the first writing centre in Oman!
    • Purpose
      Higher College of Technology
      Writing Centre
    • Information for teachers . . .
      We are there for your students when they need individual help with their writing
      We assist students in developing their ability to edit and revise their own writing
      We provide one-on-one counselling with students—this is impossible during class time
      We take referrals from teachers and provide written feedback
      We allow students to make appointments--we want students to seek help on their own
    • Three Components of a Writing Centre
    • It is a place to turn when a student needs individual help with writing
      It is a source for materials: We provide ready access to handouts, dictionaries and other resource books
      It is a starting point for access to online resources for the student writer with our virtual writing lab
    • How to Use the Centre
    • HCT Writing Centre
      Signs like this are posted in and around the Self-Access Centre
      We are located in Room 240
    • Teacher Referrals
    • Appointments or Walk-ins
    • Appointments
      Students are asked to use the sign-up sheet at the front desk at the Self Access Centre in order to schedule appointments; we have rules about missed appointments
      Teachers have the option to send students with referral form
      In the future, students will be able to schedule appointments through our Web site
    • Current Staffing
    • Next Week’s Student Scheduling
    • Evaluation
      Records of students’ names and ID numbers in order to track their progress--database
      Writing marks—compare with database to see how students are benefitting
    • Remember Some of the Basic Guidelines of the Writing Centre
      We only offer individual, one-on-one counselling
      We help students to solve a variety of writing problems on their own
      We can work with students on any level
      We do not write papers for students or guarantee good marks—but we can help
      We can also help increase a students’ self-esteem and confidence
    • Our Writing CentreIs an Evolving Process
      Any Comments or Suggestions are Welcome!
    • And one last note . . .
      We need resources!
    • HCT Writing Centre, 27 February 2008