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Coaching for English Language Learners: Academic Writing, Reading, Speaking, and Listening

Offerings for International and English-Language-Learning 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 and English-language-learning students in a variety of capacities, on and off, since 1997. Below you will find a description of the non-credit workshops and tutoring that Dustin is offering this semester. 

Academic Writing Workshops for Fall 2021

Tuesday, September 7th at 6:00pm: "The Task of the Academic Essay" (Psych 105)

What are academic essays supposed to accomplish? Who are they written for? How are they structured? These are the questions I will explore with you by focusing on how students should "construct a problem" in their introductory paragraph (usually during the revision phase).

Tuesday, September 14th at 6:00pm: "What is Close Reading?" (Psych 105)

In this workshop, we will work on our close reading skills by reading passages together and then discussing them. I will also share examples of effective use of quotation, paraphrase, summary and analysis. A good workshop to take before finishing your first paper for Hum 110 (due on Saturday, September 18th). 

Tuesday, September 21st at 6:00pm: "Revising Long Sentences for Clarity" (Psych 105)

Are the sentences in academic writing supposed to be long? Do long sentences make you sound smart? Are long sentences always hard to read? How can we modify our sentences in basic ways to make them more understandable for our readers? These will be the questions of the day. Along the way, we also consider ways to connect and punctuate clauses and phrases.



Humanities 110 English Conversation Group
As of Tuesday, September 28th, I will be hosting the Hum 110 English Conversation Group from 6:00-7:30. Location TBD

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
One-on-One Coaching
Remotely By Appointment (click here to make an appointment)
Would you like to get some language-focused 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!