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All students in ESL classes will have an advisor who teaches in the ESL Program. Each semester, students will meet with their advisors to plan the courses they will enroll in for the following semester and review how their requirements and choices fit with their projected programs of study. 

Common ESL Writing Errors

Article Omission

  • Goals are very important for each individual in order to be _ successful person in life.
  • There are _couple of reasons for me to choose pharmacy as my career.

Wrong Article/No Article Needed

  • A biggest cause of high school dropouts is money.
  • Self-responsibility and behavior in college guide a college student to the success or to the failure.

Wrong Preposition

  • I try to save my money that I spend to unnecessary things.
  • The biggest change on my life is the amount of responsibility.

Subject-Verb Agreement

  • One of my dreams are to build something that the whole world can admire.
  • Time management, self-responsibility, and work ethic leads a student to a successful life.                          

Wrong Verb Tense

  • I will not be allowed to the next level of English unless I passed the writing class.
  • I took English classes in my native country of Mexico, but I never have a chance to practice until I get here.

Wrong Verb Form

  • I really going to work hard to accomplish my goals.
  • I have not decide what I want to be yet.
  • I would like to go back four years and never have been come to the United States.

Word Form

  • To be in many ESL classes is very tired for me.
  • I want to success in life.

Non-English/Non-idiomatic use of language

  • I feel very regret about it.
  • I made my mind to improve my writing skills.
  • After awarding of expensive gas prices, I am trying to do not drive my car. 


Located inside ACT 2 in the Academic IV building on the 2nd floor, instructor Gregor Mieder assists students whose first language is not English to improve their grammar, writing, and reading skills.  When students come to the lab, tutors will answer questions concerning their problem areas in English and will guide students in independently correcting recurring errors.  Students can seek help for an array of projects, such as academic essays (not just for English class), reading assignments, cover letters, and scholarship applications.

Hours of Operation

Writing Center hours: Monday –Thursday  8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday  8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  (1:00 p.m. in the summer) Schedules for individual tutors, including the ESL tutor vary and are posted next to the door of the Writing Center.


Appointments are not required, but are strongly recommended. 

What Students Should Bring to a Tutoring Session:

  • a hardcopy of the project or essay
  • a pen or pencil
  • relevant materials, such as the assignment guidelines, research materials, or the textbook
  • comments or directions from the instructor
  • specific questions or goals

What Students Should NOT Expect from a Tutoring Session:

  • to drop off assignments for proofreading.  The student must be present.
  • to have the tutor make the corrections.  The student will make the corrections.
  • to get an “A” on an assignment.  The ESL Lab cannot promise an “A”. 
  • to wait until the last minute to get help.  Students should come in two or three or more days before the assignment is due so that they can thoughtfully revise the assignment.

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