ESL Tutoring

ESL Tutoring is available for help with writing and speaking assignments associated with Emory College courses. Our ESL Tutors are undergraduates who are specifically trained to help ESL students develop their academic language skills. Any Emory undergraduate enrolled in an Emory College course who is a non-native speaker of English may use the service.

ESL students may also choose to work with Writing Center tutors. Whether working with ESL or Writing Center tutors, students are expected to be engaged and active participants in conferences. Tutors will guide you through the writing process and help develop your writing and revising skills, but neither ESL tutors nor WC tutors will do the work for you. Language is best learned through interactive dialogue, so come to a tutoring session ready to collaborate!

ESL Tutoring Policies 

Please read the following information carefully before making an ESL tutoring appointment on ASST

ESL Tutoring is available for help ONLY with writing and speaking assignments associated with Emory College courses. Tutoring appointments last 50-55 minutes.

Scheduling and Cancellations

Each student is permitted to schedule a maximum of 2 ESL tutoring appointments each week (Sunday-Saturday). Drop-in tutoring sessions are not counted toward the 2 hour maximum. 

In Spring 2016, additional drop-in tutoring without appointment will be offered on three Sundays at the end of the semester: on April 17 and 24 as well as on May 1 from 4-6pm, near the circulation desk on the second floor of Woodruff Library (by the EPASS sign). During drop-in hours, tutors will be able to help you for a few minutes with your assignment. Tutoring starts this semester on January 19.

Appointments must be scheduled more than 12 hours in advance, and cannot be scheduled more than 3 weeks ahead. ASST will not allow you to schedule appointments less than 12 hours before the scheduled time.

ASST will allow you to cancel an appointment up to 4 hours before the scheduled time. If you need to cancel less than 4 hours before an appointment, you MUST notify the tutor directly by email (the email address is included in your appointment confirmation email). Please be considerate of tutors’ schedules and availability to other students and cancel well in advance of your appointment (i.e. not the night before)!

If you arrive more than 15 minutes late or if you cancel late, i.e. within 4 hours of the session, the appointment will count toward your 2 session weekly limit. You will also be considered a “No Show.”

Tutors are only required to wait 15 minutes at the scheduled meeting location. If you arrive late, the session will still end on time.

Violation of Policies

There is a penalty for repeated “No Shows” and for the scheduling of 3 or more appointments per week. Consistent violations of our policies may result in the suspension of your tutoring privileges. In order to have your tutoring privileges restored, you will be required to meet with the Director for ESL Services, Levin Arnsperger larnspe@emory.edu.

Before the Tutoring Session

Arrive at appointments prepared with specific questions you want to ask the tutor. Bring the instructions for the assignment as well as relevant class-related material such as the text you discuss in your paper.