Toward an alternative to the traditional writing centre model in Non-Anglophone contexts: A small-scale study in Prague, Czech Republic

Aljoe, Shaana (2015) Toward an alternative to the traditional writing centre model in Non-Anglophone contexts: A small-scale study in Prague, Czech Republic. Practice and Research in Education, 2.

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Abstract

Is the most efficient form of university writing support for international students a conventional writing centre where only one-to-one tutoring is provided? In a European context, given that writing support is still a relatively new concept, the answer to this question appears to be no. Although many English-medium universities that currently exist in non-Anglophone contexts provide traditional one-to-one tutoring, mirroring a format that originates in the United States, it has become clear through one small-scale study in Czech Republic that both European students and those from other nations prefer to be tutored on a one-to-many basis. This is an account of how that preference was detected by offering students a choice between conventional and not-so-conventional forums of assistance. I propose that in a European context, the American format of one-to-one tutoring might be dispensed with in favour of a more inclusive forum of assistance described as ‘one-to-many’ and labelled English Composition Tutoring Classes at the institution where the discovery was made. The distinction between these classes and seminars is made in an effort avoid confusion. I conclude by suggesting that writing centre directors and tutors might rethink their traditionally formatted facilities in order to better serve the students attending their English-medium universities, especially those located in non-Anglophone contexts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: University writing labs/centres, writing tutor, EAP, NNES, Composition studies
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Education
University Publications > Research > Practice & Research in Education
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 14:40
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2019 19:20
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/992

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