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Writing Centre Presentation

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