ESL / EAL Writing Tutor

The English Language Institute offers an ESL / EAL Writing Tutor for the University of Chicago’s international population. Learn more below.

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

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

  • Days and Times for Autumn 2019:
    • Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Weeks 2 – 10, except Nov 28 for Thanksgiving)
      • Special extended hours: Nov 21, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Thanksgiving make-up)
    • Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Weeks 4 – 11, except Nov 25 for Thanksgiving)
      • Special extended hours: Dec 2, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Thanksgiving make-up)
    • Tuesday, December 10, 2:00-4:00p
  • Location: Harper Memorial Library, Cathey North Reading Room, Cubicle #20
  • Cost: None
  • College Core Students Can Book an Appointment: HERE
  • All others must go to the Cathey North Reading Room to drop in (pending availability)
      • The queue status can be seen here: [link]
        Example screenshot of student in queue
        Example screenshot of no students in queue

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The ESL/EAL Writing Tutor can:

  • Discuss the specifications of an upcoming writing assignment  
  • Assist in selecting the appropriate wording/phrasing
  • Indicate grammar and punctuation errors
  • 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 / cited literature
  • Discuss voice, formality, and tone of an essay
  • Provide self-editing tips and direct students to helpful writing resources

NOTE: The ESL/EAL Writing Tutor is not permitted to proofread/edit student work directly (this includes line-by-line corrections without any interaction with the student).  

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Meet our Autumn 2019 Tutors

Kat Montemurro

A native of New Jersey, Kat has lived in Chicago for 4 years; she also taught English in Spain for 2 years. She loves writing tutoring and especially when students successfully map out the structure of their paper and successfully prove their main point.

She is a PhD candidate in Linguistics, studying emerging sign languages in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. She’s specifically interested in tracing the factors that affect language development.

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.

“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!”

Wuxing

Masters student

“I took Written Communication: Standards and Conventions because I was not confident in my writing skills and I wanted to improve. I learned the rules of writing, how to write a paper, and what the professors want. International students should take this class because they have to learn a totally different writing system.”

Erin

Masters student

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