Online Interactive Evening Lounge
「Learn about writing center in universities in the US」

■Date : Thursday, December 23rd 10:00-11:00 (JST)
■Venue : Online IEL via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 823 4572 2472
Pass code: 487272
■Organizer : Junu Kim, Kozue Okamura, Koutarou Nakamura
■Summary : Universities in the US maintain a writing center that provides students with free assistance on their papers, projects, reports, multi-modal documents, etc. Students can get feedback about their work from experienced tutors. The goal of the writing center is to help a writer notice and understand where the problems lie in their writing. There are not many services like the writing center in Japan. Only a few universities have a writing center where students can get tutoring. For example, Waseda university has a writing center. If the writing center is implemented in Japanese universities, it would be a great help for students. However, the situation is a little bit different from that in the US because almost all students in Japanese universities are more suffering from English rather than writing. Therefore, if there are similar services like the writing center with modifications so that it can fit to the situations in Japan, it would support many students.
In this IEL, we will invite Adam Manfredi who is a PhD student in Washington University in St. Louis. His research topic is Japanese and comparative literature. He has experience in tutoring students in the writing center of Washington University. We will have a free discussion about the writing center and tutoring, and discuss how to promote such services in Japan so that the barrier of language can be lowered.