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Writing Support Services FREE mini-course offerings for Spring 2019

Fundamentals of English Grammar for Academic Writers  (Feb. 5 - Feb. 26,Tuesdays,10:00am -12:00pm)

This course is designed for graduate students who want to improve their academic writing by "brushing up" on the fundamentals of English grammar. It focuses on grammatical issues commonly found in graduate student writing, such as the appropriate use of verb tenses. Students also have individual weekly meetings with the instructor and receive feedback on their own writing. To register for this course, please e-mail Dr. Patricia McEvoy-Jamil at

Academic Writing Style   (Feb. 6- Feb. 27, Wednesday, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

This course is designed to familiarize graduate students with the stylistic choices preferred in English academic writing including word choice, flow, and concision. Students should have one finished academic paper, such as a writing assignment for a previous course that they want to further improve in terms of style; students will apply the stylistic principles learned to their own paper throughout the term. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to (a) understand the general conventions required explicitly and implicitly in American academic writing style, (b) make informed stylistic choices in academic writing, and (c) identify and fix their own stylistic flaws while editing their own writing. Students are required to bring a laptop to each class in order to access course material and complete in-class exercises. To register for this course, please e-mail Dr. Zhiling (Willa) Wu at

 ESL Conversation Group

Are you looking for a fun, relaxed way to improve your English conversation skills? If so, join the ESL Conversation Group on Mondays, 12:30 p.m.–   1:30 p.m., in the SPH Student Lounge (RAS E-139) of the SPH Library & Graduate Communication Center (RAS E-109). For more information, contact Dr. Zhiling "Willa" Wu. For a list of previous and upcoming topics, please visit the ESL Conversation Group page of the WSS LibGuide.