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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Writing Center will be open for Spring Semester 2020 from February 18th until May 30th.
  • For Spring Semester 2020, the Writing Center only offers Walk-in tutoring.

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LOCATION

LARC 229

Spring 2020 Schedule

Monday - Thursday:

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday & Saturday:

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Contact

Phone:
(818) 947-2810

Email:
writingtutor@lavc.edu

Mailing Address:
The Writing Center
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401-4096

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Welcome to The Writing Center

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What Are Our Objectives?

  • Encourage intellectual experimentation among students and faculty.
  • Empower students to read and write in disciplines across the curriculum.
  • Familiarize students with new technologies designed to improve reading and writing.
  • Prepare students for successful transfer.
  • Provide training resources for T. A. s, interns, and tutors across the curriculum.
  • Develop training and research resources. 
  • Offer services to faculty and students across the curriculum.

Benefits of Tutorial Interaction

"The central goal of the Writing Center is to provide individualized, collaborative, and self-paced learning opportunities for students at Los Angeles Valley College. The heart of any writing center activity consists of dialogue about texts: those that a student has written or those she or he is reading. In either case, the center provides a place for students to develop a sense of audience, the externalizing of a given text that often cannot be accomplished in a classroom setting alone."

—Deborah L. Harrington, Professor of English

"Writing Centers do not and should not repeat the classroom experience and are not there to compensate for poor teaching, over-crowded classrooms, or lack of time for overburdened instructors to confer adequately with their students. Instead, writing centers provide another, very crucial aspect of what writers need—tutorial interaction. When meeting with tutors, writers gain kinds of knowledge about their writing and about themselves that are not possible in other institutionalized settings..."

—Muriel Harris, College English, 1995

Dialogue: Key to Writing Center Process

"Nearly everyone who writes likes—and needs—to talk about his or her writing, preferably to someone who will really listen, who knows how to listen, and knows how to talk about writing too. Maybe in a perfect world, all writers would have their own ready auditor—a teacher, a classmate, a roommate, an editor—who would not only listen but draw them out, ask them questions they would not think to ask themselves. A writing center is an institutional response to this need. Clearly writing centers can never hope to satisfy this need themselves; on my campus alone, the student-to-tutor ratio would be about a thousand to one. Writing Centers are simply one manifestation—polished and highly visible—of a dialogue about writing that is central to higher education."

—Stephen North, "The Idea of a Writing Center"

The Writing Center is a place where students can…

  • share proofreading tips (However, the tutors are not proofreaders!).
  • practice and understand techniques for detecting and correcting local to global grammatical errors.
  • learn successful reading and writing strategies for any classes they are taking across the curriculum.

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!)

Closure of Math Science Westside Sidewalk Until May 29

LAVC staff, faculty, and students should be aware that starting on Tuesday, January 28, the sidewalk (that runs north and south) on the westside of the Math Science Building will be temporary closed. The sidewalk will reopen on Friday, May 29. The reason for this closure is due to demolition operations of condemned Bungalows on the Westside of the college campus.

Closure of Math Science Westside Sidewalk Until May 29

The sidewalk that runs north and south on the west side of the Math Science Building will be temporary closed from January 28-May 29.

The slidewalk is being closed due to the activities related to the demolition of the condemned Bungalows westside of the campus near the Math Science Building. Signage will be place to redirect ADA/pedestrian access around the closure.

This project is part of the Bungalow Demolition Project. Read the Bungalow Demolition Construction Notification #3 [PDF]. View photo of the impacted areas [JPG] and site map of the impacted area [PDF]. 

There will be construction equipment noise in the area. However, all noise-related work is restricted between the hours of 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information on the Bungalow Demolition project and this construction activity, please contact Keith Hoard of Build-LACCD at (818) 756-0954 or email Keith Hoard.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 1/24/2020 4:31:00 PM

Temporary Sidewalk Closures Near Music and Theater Arts

LAVC faculty, staff and students should be aware of sidewalk closures effecting Music Building & Theatre Arts from December 9, 2019-January 17, 2020. The closed sidewalks include south of the Music building east entrance, south of Music building between the Motion Picture Studio, east side of Motion Picture Studio, and east side of the Omega Data Center. Directional signage will be placed to route student traffic during this period.

Temporary Sidewalk Closures Near Music and Theater Arts

Starting December 9, 2019, there are sidewalk closures effecting Music & Theatre Arts buildings. Directional signage will be placed to route student traffic during this period.

This work is part of the Energy Infrastructure Improvements (EII) project. Read the EII Construction Notification #14 with diagram [PDF].

The sidewalk closures are located:

  • south of the Music building east entrance,
  • south of Music building between the Motion Picture Studio,
  • east side of Motion Picture Studio, and
  • east side of the Omega Data Center.

There will also be construction related equipment noise in the area. 

Work is expected to be completed by January 17, 2020.

For more information on the EII Project and this construction activity, please contact Michael Dobrotin of Build-LACCD at (714) 345-7655 or email Michael Dobrotin.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 12/9/2019 8:00:00 AM

Closure of Lot H, Quad Park, and Bungalows 45-47, 50-52, and 48-49 in Preparation for the Energy Infrastructure Improvement Project

LAVC faculty, staff and students should be aware that Lot H, the Quad Park, and Bungalows 45-47, 50-52, and 48-49 will be closed starting on December 6, 2018 and fencing is being installed as part of the Energy Infrastructure Improvements (EII) project. The EII project includes the demolition of Bungalows 45-47 and 50-52 in preparation for the construction of the Thermal Energy Storage Tank (TES), equipment upgrades in the Central Plant, and construction of underground piping for the north loop located at the north end of Monarch Square.

Closure of Lot H, Quad Park, and Bungalows 45-47, 50-52, and 48-49 in Preparation for the Energy Infrastructure Improvement Project

Starting on Thursday, December 6, mobilization will begin for the Energy Infrastructure Improvement (EII) project. The project includes the demolition of Bungalows 45-47 and 50-52 in preparation for the construction of the Thermal Energy Storage Tank (TES), equipment upgrades in the Central Plant, and construction of underground piping for the north loop located at the north end of Monarch Square.

Construction fencing will be erected around Lot H, the Quad Park, and Bungalows 45-47, 50-52, and 48-49. Pedestrian access into the campus will be available on the west side of Lot H as illustrated on this diagram [JPG].

In addition, Lot H will be used for contractor's offices, parking and lay down, and will be closed to campus parking during the duration of the project. 

For more information on the EII Project, please contact Michael Dobrotin of Build-LACCD at (714) 345-7655 or email Michael Dobrotin.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 12/3/2018 8:00:00 AM

Closure of Southern Portion of Bungalows in preparation for the Bungalow Removal Project

LAVC students, faculty and staff should be aware that the campus bungalows along Burbank Boulevard are permanently closed as of August 23, 2018. New fencing has been installed around groups of bungalows until they are demolished. There are designated pedestrian pathways through the area to allow for pedestrian access into the campus from Burbank Boulevard and from Parking Lot H.

Closure of Southern Portion of Bungalows in preparation for the Bungalow Removal Project

In preparation for an upcoming Bungalow Removal Project, most of the bungalows along Burbank Boulevard have been permanently closed. 

The new fencing has been installed around groups of bungalows until they are demolished. There are designated pedestrian pathways through the area to allow for pedestrian access into the campus from Burbank Boulevard and from Parking Lot H, as illustrated on the LAVC Campus Map.

In addition, College Sheriff personnel will continue to patrol the area. If you see any suspicious activity, please report it to the LAVC Sheriff's Office at (818) 947-2433. 

For more information regarding this project, contact Tom Lopez in Maintenance & Operations at (818) 947-2301.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 8/23/2018 8:00:00 AM

Installation of the Valley Academic and Cultural Center Construction Fencing, Permanent Closure of Parking Lot C & Restriping of Parking Lot B 

LAVC faculty, staff and students should be aware that activities related to the construction of the new Valley Academic and Cultural Center (VACC) begins on September 10, 2016. Parking Lot B will be restriped to delete parking stalls and create a east-west roadway in the lot, and new construction fencing for the VACC project will be installed, and Parking Lot C will permanently close.

Installation of the Valley Academic and Cultural Center Construction Fencing, Permanent Closure of Parking Lot C & Restriping of Parking Lot B 

Starting Saturday, September 10, activities related to the construction of the new Valley Academic and Cultural Center (VACC) will begin.

Parking Lot B will be restriped to delete parking stalls and create a east-west roadway in the lot. In addition, new construction fencing for the VACC project will be installed, and Parking Lot C will permanently close. In Parking lot B, a number of parking stalls will be removed, and a new vehicle access lane will be striped to create a new two-lane vehicle pathway north of a new temporary construction fence starting September 10.

Following that, new construction fencing will be installed that will permanently close Lot C, and the current pedestrian pathways between the Music Building and Campus Drive to Parking Lot B will not be accessible. New paths will be identified / added to facilitate pedestrian traffic around the construction site. Please refer to this map [JPG].

For more information on the VACC project and this construction activity, please contact Keith Hoard of Build-LACCD at (818) 756-0954 or email Keith Hoard.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 9/9/2016 8:00:00 AM