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ESL (English As a Second Language)


Tutoring at the LAVC Writing Center is available for all ESL students.

We speak Spanish, Armenian, Russian, and will be more than glad to help you with your writing in your native language. See the schedule below for our bilingual tutoring.

What to expect on the first day of Tutoring?

Tutors help with…

  • Content
  • Generating creative ideas
  • Brainstorming/Prewriting for a topic
  • Synthesizing a vague idea into a thesis or topic sentence
  • Organizing a paper’s structure on a global scale
  • Creating a persuasive element to a main idea
  • Grammar
  • Identifying run-on sentences and fragments
  • Composing strong, fluent sentences that stress the most important idea
  • Understanding verb tenses and how to use them
  • Finding active vs. passive verbs
  • Understanding the relationship between subjects and verbs
  • Using pronouns, as well as other parts of speech, properly
  • General Academic Skills
  • Providing techniques to improve spelling
  • Reading a work while retaining and comprehending its idea
  • Summarizing
  • Documenting research in formats across the curriculum (MLA, APA, etc.)
  • Improving in-class essay abilities/strategies
  • Understanding and analyzing fiction and poetry

The Writing Center is NOT a place where papers…

  • are proofread. Tutors do not act as an editing service. We want to teach YOU how to proofread and edit YOUR papers. If we do everything for you, you will always need a tutor.
  • go through a quick grammar fix-it.
  • are written for you (i.e. not a ghostwriting bureau!)

The following websites offer specialized assistance with grammar, usage, vocabulary, spelling, etc for individuals who have learned English as a second language.

  • Activities for ESL Students can be very useful from beginning to high-level ESL students. It includes vocabulary, grammar, crossword puzzles, and more interactive exercises. It includes activities with homonyms, synonyms, and idioms, as well as graphics to help students comprehend language. This site is definitely recommended. 

  • 1 Language is a very large website focusing on ESL learning and writing. It includes an ESL directory of many sites.

  • Randall's ESL Listening Lab provides listening exercises intended to help students practice their pronunciation and comprehension of the English language.
  • English Page website has a comprehensive overview of verb tenses.