ESL / EAL College Core Writing Tutor

The English Language Institute offers a Writing Tutor for University of Chicago College students with ESL/EAL needs.

March 19, 2020 Update: Due to COVID-19, all ESL/EAL College Core Writing Tutor appointments for Spring 2020 quarter will happen remotely

The ESL/EAL College Core Writing Tutor is affiliated with the Writing Program.

1st/2nd-year College Core students with ESL/EAL needs are welcome to book an appointment with the Writing Tutor. Other undergraduates, grad students, and other affiliates may use the Writing Tutor on a drop-in basis (pending availability).

  • Days and Times for Spring 2020: Sundays from 6-8p (weeks 2-10) and Thursdays from 6-8p (weeks 3, 4, 5, 7, 9)
    • Cancellations: Sun 5/24 for Memorial Day
    • Additional Hours: Tue 5/26 from 6-8p and Mon 6/8 from 6-8p
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Cost: None
  • College Core Students Can Book an Appointment: HERE
  • All others must drop in (pending availability). Sign in your with CNetID: HERE


      • The queue status can be seen here: [link]
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NOTE: The Writing Tutor is not permitted to edit/proofread student work directly, but can identify patterns of error/issues.

The ESL/EAL College Core Writing Tutor can:

  • Discuss the specifications of an upcoming writing assignment
  • Assist in selecting the appropriate wording/phrasing
  • Identify patterns of error in grammar and punctuation
  • Provide tips on producing greater sentence variety
  • Identify instances of ambiguity
  • Comment on an essay’s organization and information flow
  • Provide tips on including North American stylistic features to an essay
  • Help evaluate and integrate sources or cited literature
  • Discuss voice, formality, and tone of an essay
  • Provide self-editing tips and direct students to helpful writing resources



Meet our Spring 2020 Tutors

Eszter Ronai

Eszter is originally from Hungary, and has also lived in the U.K. She loves tutoring writing because she enjoys helping people one-on-one. She loves seeing how much language and structure can improve in a paper, regardless of the subject materials.

She is a PhD student in Linguistics. In her research, she wants to understand how people create meaning in the minds, because although it is a natural and automatic subconscious process, we don’t really understand it at all.

Feng Ye

Originally from Beijing, China, Feng holds a joint BA/MA in linguistic anthropology from the University of Chicago. She loves how efficient writing tutoring is due to its one-on-one nature; a lot can be accomplished in a small amount of time.  

She is applying to PhD programs in anthropology. Her research interests include free speech, language ideology, and how people’s life experiences intersect with their language use.

“I enrolled in the Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program: Writing because because I thought this is a great opportunity to learn North American academic writing, and it did really help me a lot. My instructor, Tim is very patient and thoughtful. He explained topics like controlling claims, sentence boundaries, and even networking etiquette. In addition, we even had outdoor excursion, which was a great way to get to know Chicago and your cohort! Lastly, thanks every instructor and staff member in the AEPP for providing such a fun and warm place for us to learn and have fun!”


Masters student

“I took Written Communication: Crafting Varied and Impactful Sentences because I am a researcher and academic writing constitutes the most important part of my academic life. I now feel more comfortable and confident to write and manipulate an English sentence, demonstrated by my improved writing and self-editing capability. An example is that one of my recent research papers was accepted without any English language revision. An international student who wants to improve his/her academic writing is highly recommended to take this course.”



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