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

Offerings for 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 since 1997. Below you will find a description of the non-credit workshops and coaching that Dustin offers to Reed students during the academic year.  

Humanities 110 English Conversation Group

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

In one-on-one coaching, Dustin offers help specific to the needs or goals of individual students. Examples include language-focused feedback rough drafts of essays, help with working through ideas to kick-start your writing process, review of feedback from professors on papers you have already turned in, and/or discussing course readings in a more private and deliberate way.

  • 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!