Office of Academic Support

Division of Student Life

Writing and Engagement Support for English Language Learners and International Students


Fall 2018 Offerings for International Students from Dustin Simpson

Dustin is a member of the Reed faculty (Humanities 110), and also the English Language Learner Specialist. He has worked with international students in a variety of capacities, on and off, since 1997. Below you will find a description of the non-credit classes and tutoring that Dustin is offering this semester.

Humanities 110 English Conversation Group
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30pm
International Student Services (ISS) Conference Room

In this weekly meeting, we will discuss the readings and lectures for the week. The main objective is to encourage students to practice conference-style discussion. This “mock Hum conference” has an easy-going atmosphere. Students are welcome to attend whenever they choose. Secondary objectives are listed below.

  • Helping students to deepen their understanding of texts on the syllabus
  • Reviewing critical vocabularies provided in Hum lectures
  • Discussing challenges of conference-style learning
  • Discussing paper topics right after they are distributed
Fundamentals of Academic Writing
Thursdays, 6:00-7:30
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Every week will be dedicated to an aspect of academic writing. There will be weekly recommended (but not required) homework. The primary goal is to introduce students to the most central and most challenging aspects of American academic writing. Some weeks we will work on more narrowly linguistic topics (sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary); other weeks we will focus on rhetorical areas (introductions, thesis statements). Students are welcome to attend as many of the meetings as they like. Here are a few of the topics we will focus on during Fall Semester. 
  • Crafting an Academic Introduction: Constructing a Problem, Setting a Task
  • Revising Sentences for Clarity: Characters & Actions
  • Managing Verb Tenses
  • Quoting & Paraphrasing: Why & How
  • Reporting Verbs
  • Vocabulary Building: Learner’s Dictionaries, Collocations, and Concordancers
One-on-One Tutoring
By Appointment (
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Would you like to get some feedback on a rough draft of a paper? Would you like someone to help you work through your ideas so you can kick-start your process? Would you like to review a paper you have already turned in and gotten feedback on from your professor? Or would you like to work on discussing the readings in a more private and deliberate way? Dustin can help you. Send him an email to make an appointment. 
  • Keep in mind that a lot of students want to meet during the week before a Hum paper is due. Get in the habit of starting your papers early!

Upcoming Workshops


David Gruber
Director, Office of Academic Support

Email | YouCanBookMe | 503/517-7722


Dustin Simpson
English Language Learner Specialist / Visiting Assistant Professor: English & Humanities

Email | | 503/517-7488