Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Writing Center welcomes guests

The Center for Writing and Languages invites students and staff to celebrate their new location in Green Hall

Students and staff gathered at the Center for Writing and Languages to celebrate its new location with an open house Jan. 29. The center, previously located in DeMoss Hall, was moved to the second floor of Green Hall in December of 2013, according to the center’s website.

Brand new — The Center for Writing and Languages is now located next to CASAS.  Photo credit: Kyle Erikson

Brand new — The Center for Writing and Languages is now located next to CASAS. Photo credit: Kyle Erikson

“We are right next to CASAS, and that is good,” Tess Stockslager, director of the Center for Writing and Languages, said. “We like that.”

The Center for Writing and Languages began in 2006, but was formerly known as the University Writing Program, according to the center’s website.

“It was the University Writing Program, which at the time reflected just the Undergraduate Writing Center and the Graduate Writing Center,” Allison Scoles, director of the Undergraduate Writing Center, said. “When the Foreign Language Lab became a part of our department, we decided we needed to encompass all language.”

According to the center’s website, they are dedicated to teaching students better language skills.

“The Center for Writing and Languages is committed to fostering and facilitating university-wide excellence in communication in a variety of languages and mediums,” the website said.

There are more than 40 staff and student workers at the Center for Writing and Languages, according to Scoles.

The Undergraduate Writing Center, the Graduate Writing Center and the Foreign Language Lab are the three parts that make up the Center for Writing and Languages, according to Scoles. Each of these sections has a department for online students as well, according to the center’s website.

The Graduate and Undergraduate Writing Centers provide students with tutors who can help them to improve researching and the technical aspects of academic writing and thought, according to a center brochure. The center has tutoring rooms available to students for one-on-one instruction.

According to Scoles, both the Graduate and the Undergraduate Writing Centers each see approximately 1,000 students in a semester.

The center does not cater only to beginners of writing, according to Scoles.

“Anybody who considers themselves advanced is welcome to come in for tutoring, and we can help them with whatever issues they have,” Scoles said.

The Foreign Language Lab contains computers with language learning software for six languages as well as tutors for English as a Second Language, German and Spanish, according to the Center’s website. The center also includes a Spanish Writing Center online.

The center offers workshops throughout the semester for students to “learn how to write, cite and improve your research,” according to the center’s website. One of the first workshops this semester includes formatting, according to a center flyer.

The only class that the center offers is introduction to graduate writing, according to Stockslager.

“We now have a section specifically for Korean students, and it is being taught by a Korean graduate doctoral student,” Stockslager said.

For more information or to set up an appointment with the center, visit liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=11859.

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