ESL & Non-Native English Writing and Literacy Support
The Writing Center aims to support any writer at any stage of the writing process. We train our consultants to provide strategies, information, and resources for writers wanting support in language or literacy skills -- this includes writers learning how to compose in varieties of English, writers learning English as an additional language, or writers with interest in supporting their reading process along the way.
The Writing Center has services and resources meant to assist any student with personal writing projects in equitable, diverse, and empowering ways. Though our services are always individualized based on the needs of the writer, if you are an ESL, ELL, L2, Multilingual, or Non-native English speaking writer on campus AND you'd like more information about how we can assist you and your goals, then this page is for you!
Here, we've highlighted some of the ways we try to help writers with language & literacy skills:
For fast and easy navigation, click these buttons for redirection -- find exactly what you're looking for!
How can the Writing Center help you?
Grand Valley expects a lot out of their students -- and for good reasons! The GVSU community prides itself in supporting students' efforts in accomplishing a rigorous academic experience, completing an interdisciplinary program, and learning the necessary skills and perspectives for becoming influential community members, influences, and global citizens.
While you're attending Grand Valley, you'll likely have a decent amount of writing-related projects -- these could include any of the following:
- Blog posts
- Research Papers
- Response Papers
- Exams and Quizzes
- Grants and Proposals
- Articles for publication
- Theses or Dissertations
While each class and program have different expectations for their students, one thing is certain: there will always be a writer, and there will always be an audience...
Here's why you should work with us!
Writers benefit from a community. Ideas can flourish when engaged with a caring and curious community. That's where the Writing Center can assist you --
Our consultants are trained to be curious readers, who can ask deep questions about content, clarify moments of confusion from a reader's perspective, provide examples and resources for how to clarify the written components, and have genuine conversations about topics, presentation, and sources.
Our consultants represent a very important part of the writing process: THE OBJECTIVE THIRD PARTY. They won't grade your paper. They won't teach you your content. And they won't judge you or your ideas. Instead, they'll listen to you, be curious about what you care about, and ask questions based on their own individual experience reading your work. Though they won't be editing your papers of writing them for you, they will stay invested in making sure you have the ability to write, revise, and edit your own work.
If you'd like more information about how we do what we do and why we do it that way, feel free to click the pics below about what to expect at a session, information on our policies, and general information about our services.
Great Links and Resources for You
Below are some pics you can click for more information on how the Writing Center can best support you and your writing-related needs. You can find information on handouts & other resources created by the Writing Center, GVSU, or other universities. You can also find information on how our consultants are hired & trained -- that way, you'll have a better understanding of how they're qualified to assist you. Finally, there is also a pic you can click for information on our Knowledge Market locations & services.
Want to Meet in Person?
Please click the pic below to find out where you can find us on campus. If you'd rather call us or meet with one of our administrators, please click HERE
Want to Schedule an Appointment?
Please click the pick below to go to our online portal for scheduling appointments with our consultants at any of our physical locations. In order to log in, you'll need to use your BLACKBOARD ID and PASSWORD. If you have questions about how to do this on your own, feel free to come to any of our physical locations while we're open and ask for assistance. You can also schedule appointments over the phone with one of our helpful desk staff.
Through peer mentorship, the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors provides a safe space for analytical dialogue, wherein writers develop strategies and skills for building awareness of and confidence in their own writing process.
A unique service available to this population is the Writing Center Weekly Appointment. The weekly appointment allows for students to get weekly, dedicated, predictable support from the same consultant for 50-minute sessions each time. These relationships guarantee face-to-face time with a consultant, who can build upon conversations, lessons, and support from week to week. Typical reasons for getting weekly appointments include:
- Slower pacing for typical session content
- More time for instructional support
- Dedicated support from the same person
- Professor recommendation
- Consultant recommendation
Looking for more, please click the tiles below to learn about who our employees are, staff areas of study, how you can work online, information about our writing center administrators, how to write in your major, and more information about our linguistic diversity initiative.
Have other questions? Stop in and visit! Or call us at 331-2922.