Jennifer Kort Halpin
GEN ST 391
Special supervised study in a field represented in the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty supervisor required. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
Groups of 3-5 English Language Learners from distinct sections of writing-intensive, lower-division courses are partnered with a tutor from the Odegaard Writing and Research Center. Targeted Tutoring groups meet once a week for an hour in the Research Commons at a time to be determined by each group. In addition to this weekly group meeting, students are encouraged to visit the writing center for one-to-one tutoring at least once a week throughout the quarter. There will be one required all-group orientation session at the beginning of the quarter and larger group workshops and/or final review sessions at the end of the quarter.
Student learning goals
The primary goal is for English Language Learners to work collaboratively and flexibly with the tutor and with each other to give and receive support in the difficult work of second language writing. The focus of any given meeting is largely determined by student concerns from the writing or lecture class that week.
Additional goals are for students to become more comfortable with strategies for: reading difficult academic texts, participating in class, understanding assignments, brainstorming and developing ideas appropriate for each new writing situation (including exams), drafting, revising, and learning tactics for collaborating well with their instructors and their classmates.
Targeted Tutoring also strives to help students make sense of the larger learning goals for their class and to decide how those goals apply to their own reading and writing so that they might make more sophisticated long-term writing and learning choices.
General method of instruction
Weekly conversation-based small group sessions. Some larger group workshops.
No prerequisites. We require only that all students in a group be concurrently enrolled in a section of a writing-intensive, lower-division course in the same quarter and that they speak a language other than English as their first or most comfortable language.
Class assignments and grading
Out-of-class work is minimal and designed to complement the work students are already doing in the writing class. We will ask students to do a few pages of additional reading and to keep a log of their difficulties and learning strategies throughout the quarter so that they are prepared for final projects or exams in lecture or writing class their Targeted Tutoring group supports. Other activities are given at each individual tutor's discretion.
The course is credit/no credit, with credit given for attendance and active participation in all weekly group sessions, which begin during Week 2 of the quarter, as well as at the all-group sessions at the beginning and end of the quarter. Several visits to the writing center for one-to-one tutoring during the quarter are also required because of the significant difference these visits make in students' overall success with writing classes.