Support for Writing, Reading and Speaking in English
Tutoring and Workshops
The Writing Support Center West (D-306) offers writing tutoring and workshops open to all students. Additionally, they provide ESL specific tutoring, materials and activities to help you improve your language and writing skills.
ESL Activities and Materials
Conversation groups allow you to discuss fixed or closed topics with peers, giving you a chance to practice your English speaking skills. Conversation groups take place in the Writing Support Center West (D-306).
Fall 2018 Schedule
Thursdays: 11 am to 12:00 pm in D-306 | Tutor: Sofia Diaz
Get practice with the different sounds, syllables, and words that tend to be difficult when learning English, so that you can improve your pronunciation and better communicate in English. Pronunciation groups are led by speech pathology assistant students who will review correct pronunciation and help you practice. For more information on Pronunciation groups, please contact the Division Office at (626) 585-3187 or visit us at C-247.
The Writing Support Center West has many materials and resources to help you in your English classes. All materials are free to use!
We have many textbooks as well as the accompanying answer books and audio CDs available for you to use while in the center. You may not take them outside of the Writing Support Center West or write in them because other students need to use them as well.
Fiction and Nonfiction Books
We have a selection of fiction and non-fiction books in the Writing Support Center West. Fiction can be checked out and taken home for a period of two weeks and renewed for another two weeks (four weeks total with renewal). You will be charged $0.10/day if you do not renew the book and turn it in late. If you lose the book, you will be charged for the cost of the book plus an additional restocking fee. If the fine is not paid, a hold will be placed on your registration. Laptops and accessories
Laptops are available to use in the Writing Support Center West. However, we do not have a printer, so you will need to bring a flash drive or email your work to yourself to print at another computer lab on campus.
If you need to listen to audio on the computers, you may check out headsets with a microphone. You may also check out a mouse if you prefer to use one on the laptops. We recommend the use of Google Chrome for faster browsing.
We have a selection of DVDs available for you to watch in the Writing Support Center West. Movies may not be checked out of the center. To use a DVD, bring the empty DVD case to the front desk with your student ID. You can borrow the DVD for 3 hours. When you are finished, return the DVD in the protective sleeve.
Newer and current magazines must remain in the Writing Support Center West, but we will give away periodical magazines after some time. Look for these magazines on the giveaway or freebie shelf.
Board games are a fun way to improve your English. If you think you will be too loud while playing the game in the main room, please make an appointment to use D-306B conference room. Please be respectful with the games materials. Write in your own notebooks or scrap paper.
To learn how to play each game, you can read the game's instructions, ask a tutor to help you.
ESL instructors may assign an ESL Portfolio as part of your grade for your class. The portfolio is an organized folder of the work that you have done in the WSC West over the semester. Visit our Canvas page for instructions and documents required for your portfolio.