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Graduate Catalog 2012-2013

Center for Writing and Languages

Tess R. Stockslager, B.A., M.A.
Director, Graduate Writing Center
Instructor of English

Shelah Simpson, B.S., M.A.R., M.A.
Director, Online Writing Center
Assistant Professor of English

Alisha P. Castaneda, B.A.S., M.A.
Director, Foreign Language Labs and Spanish Writing Center
Instructor of English


The Center for Writing and Languages (CWL), formerly known as the University Writing Program (UWP), was established in 2006 as part of Liberty’s efforts to improve graduate student writing.  The CWL offers writing- and language-related services tailored to the University’s residential and online graduate populations, and it supports faculty members as they seek to incorporate writing instruction in their classrooms.  Finally, the CWL offers help to any Liberty University affiliated scholars seeking to publish or present their work in professional venues.

The heart of the CWL is one-on-one tutoring.  The CWL—the umbrella organization over the Graduate Writing Center (GWC), Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC), Online Writing Center (OWC), Foreign Language Lab (FLL), Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL), and Spanish Writing Center (SWC)—employs advanced students with superior writing and teaching skills to offer individualized writing instruction to Liberty University  students.  Residential graduate students can schedule appointments with the GWC, and online graduate students can schedule appointments or paper-reviews through the OWC.  A trained tutor will review drafts and offer feedback, suggestions for revision, and personalized instruction on all aspects of the writing process.  Tutors can help with brainstorming, grammar, punctuation, content, organization, and documentation, and help is available to students from the earliest stages of a program through the thesis or dissertation. 

In addition to tutoring, the CWL also offers a variety of tools to help students with their writing.  The CWL web page (http://www.liberty.edu/academics/graduate/writing/) includes a large collection of worksheets and PowerPoint presentations on common topics such as “commas” or “APA Documentation.”  In addition, the web page offers a variety of links to reliable online sources for writing instruction. 

The CWL hosts conversation groups for non-native English speakers.  In these groups, students practice their spoken English, read stories or other texts, and work together on developing reading and speaking competency in the English language.  Group leaders are prepared to adjust their topics and teaching techniques to meet students’ needs.  The CWL also has a Korean tutor dedicated to helping Korean students who require more intensive language instruction than the conversation groups alone can offer.

The Directors of the CWL are available to faculty for classroom presentations or for help in developing teaching aids, rubrics, or assignments.  CWL staff members routinely make presentations on topics such as documentation, common grammar errors, plagiarism, and many other writing-related skills in classrooms and in faculty workshops.  In addition, all faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their academic work to the GWC for review and commentary by the Director.

Currently, all CWL services are free of charge to Liberty University students and faculty.  Faculty may download any CWL-produced online materials for use in their classes. 

The GWC is located in the CWL suite behind Jazzman’s on the second floor of the Integrated Learning Resource Center in DeMoss Hall. Students or faculty may contact the GWC by emailing graduatewriting@liberty.edu, or calling (434) 592-4727.  The OWC may be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/onlinewritingcenter.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE LAB
In addition to the writing centers, the Center for Writing and Languages offers foreign language tutoring services through the Foreign Language Lab. The primary purpose of the Foreign Language Lab is to provide one-on-one and group tutoring sessions for students studying Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.  However, tutoring for students who are learning English as a second language (ESL) is also provided. 

The Foreign Language Lab employs advanced undergraduate students who have native speaking ability in the offered foreign languages and advanced knowledge of the grammar and writing skills correlated to those languages. Individuals can schedule a tutoring session ahead of time with the tutor or come for a walk-in appointment.  They will receive personalized instruction on all areas related to language acquisition, including grammar, vocabulary, appropriate writing style, and oral and auditory practice and development.

In addition to providing foreign language and ESL tutoring, the Foreign Language Lab offers conversation groups in each language.  Conversation groups help language learners practice their listening and speaking skills in a relaxed and open setting. 

The Director of the Foreign Language Lab is available to faculty for classroom presentations or for help in developing teaching aids, rubrics, or assignments.  In addition, all foreign language faculty are welcome to make the lab part of their students’ classroom experience, either by holding classes in the lab or requiring students to visit for tutoring services. 

Persons interested in utilizing the services offered by the Foreign Language Lab may contact the lab by emailing foreignlanguagelab@liberty.edu, calling (434)592-3175, or visiting http://www.liberty.edu/foreignlanguagelab. The Foreign Language Lab is located in the CWL suite behind Jazzman’s on the second floor of the Integrated Learning Resource Center in DeMoss Hall.

ONLINE FOREIGN LANGUAGE LAB
In August 2012, the Center for Writing and Languages (CWL) opened the Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL).  While the residential Foreign Language Lab (FLL) offers customized foreign language tutoring services for residential students, the OFLL reaches out to Liberty University’s online population.  The OFLL provides free one-on-one tutoring sessions for students studying German, Spanish, and English as a second language (ESL) through Liberty University Online’s conversational language courses. 

The OFLL employs highly qualified individuals with native-speaking ability who not only meet the language standards but are also skilled in effectively tutoring and teaching essential language skills.  These tutors provide personalized instruction in all areas related to language acquisition, including grammar, vocabulary, appropriate writing style, and oral and auditory practice and development.  Considering the long-distance nature of online learning, students will meet with tutors via Skype and MSN Messenger and can find out more information about this center and scheduling an appointment:

       Website: http://www.liberty.edu/onlineforeignlanguagelab
       Email:     onlinefll@liberty.edu
       Phone:    (434)592-3175. 

SPANISH WRITING CENTER: CENTRO DE ESCRITURA EN ESPAÑOL
In May of 2012, the Center for Writing and Languages (CWL) opened The Spanish Writing Center (SWC), or Centro de Escritura en Español (CEE), to provide writing tutoring services for Liberty University en Español (LUE) students.  The SWC aims to improve LUE’s undergraduate and graduate student populations’ writing skills by providing written and live feedback on essays and other written assignments, administering writing skills development exercises, and developing flyers and presentations with quick reference information regarding grammar, formal/academic writing standards, writing styles (MLA, APA, and Turabian), and more.  By providing these free services, the SWC improves the students’ chances for academic success. 

While other universities have Spanish writing centers geared toward tutoring students learning the Spanish language, Liberty University´s SWC is a unique and innovative center that assists Spanish-speaking students who are writing in their native language. For more information, please visit the SWC at:

       Website: http://www.liberty.edu/spanishwritingcenter
       Email:     spanishwritingcenter@liberty.edu
       Phone:    (434)592-3175


Courses of Instruction

GRST 500     Introduction to Graduate Writing           No Credit
This course is designed to give students the skills they need to complete successful written projects in graduate-level courses. Students who pass the course will demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: grammar, punctuation, syntax, diction, organization, revision, documentation, and topic development.  Offered in residential and online formats.

GRST 501     Graduate Writing                                     No Credit
This elective course is designed to give students the skills they need to complete successful written projects in graduate-level courses.  Students who pass the course will demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:  grammar, punctuation, syntax, diction, organization, revision, documentation, and topic development.  Offered online only.



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