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What happens in an ESL writing group?
An ESL writing group consists of 4-6 writers in a similar academic discipline. Groups meet for a hour every week or two with an ESL-trained group facilitator from the Writing Center who will help the group members work together to improve their writing and language skills. Each week:
Please note: The facilitator’s role is not to teach a writing “class” but to guide the group toward productive discussions about their writing. Ideally, writing groups become high-functioning and autonomous over time.
What do students think?
“From my own experience I think writing group is the most valuable resource available to international students on UNC campus. My writing group has been a great help in completing both my proposal and the dissertation itself within two years. In addition, our group also functions a support group for us as ABDs so it provided extra benefit!”
“It helps a lot to get an external view on my work; it allows to check if what I write can be understood even by someone who doesn’t have a background in my discipline. What I especially enjoy (but too rarely get) is feedback about specific formulations that can be improved, style, syntax, etc. I love to ‘dissect’ a text and improve it sentence for sentence!”
“Please continue organizing the writing groups. It has been really helpful and motivational for me. Thank you very much for providing us this great opportunity.”
Who can join a writing group?
Spouses, non-academic staff, and community members, are not eligible to participate in writing groups.
How do I join a writing group?
In one of two ways:
Summer writing groups will begin to meet on May 23. Registration for will be open May 1 – May 12.
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