For Writing Tutors

For Staff Mtg 11/21/2014:Word clouds:
Tutors as Student WritersSWC Site

Discuss in small groups:

-How would you describe your writing process and identity as a writer this semester?

-How did it feel to be in the seat of a student writer at the SWC?

-When you came to the SWC, how did you view your project and yourself as a writer? Were you struggling with anything in particular? 

-Was there anything that surprised you about your session?
-What are some of the things that might keep us from bringing our own writing to the SWC more often?


Online Sources

Templates for framing our ideas in writing
They Say/I Say: Templates #1 (PDF), Notes_and_templates_TheySayISay #2

Tutor discussions about the film Writing Across Borders

Tips for Working with Non-Native Speakers and OPIE Bridge Students

Additional resources for working with non-native speakers

  • Handouts from OPIE and ELIP, our resource cart,  and online resources we’ve discussed at orientation or in staff meetings
  • The CCC Statement on Second Language Writing and Writers
  • Applicable chapters in Harry C. Denny’s Facing the Center: Toward an Identity Politics of One-to-One Mentoring 


  1. Why did the student writer come to see us?
  2. What kinds of questions was the writer asking?
  3. What kind of rapport was established in the session you observed?
  4. What kind of tone was set in the session you observed?
  5. What would you say was the proportion of tutor talk in the session you observed?
  6. What kind of talking did the tutor do in the session you observed?
  7. Did you discuss anything else with the tutor if you had time–or, what questions do you have after observing this session?


Interpretive paraphrase

Directive questions

Open-ended questions (questions that can’t be answered with yes or no)

Advisory directives

Content-clarifying questions

Opposition-based questions

Other kinds (describe)

*Adapted from  Gillespie and Lerner’s The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring (96)


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