English Center hosts multiple workshops

The English Center located in room L-209 at San Diego City College is hosting multiple workshops for various English related subjects for students seeking help this semester.

“The workshops are open to all students,” says Wendy Castellanos, a tutor senior at the English Center. “No appointment needed, just walk on in.”

The semester is reaching an end but there is still time to be a part of these workshops being taught by various professors, each with many skills to bring to students joining in the workshops.

Below is a list of the remaining workshops:

Thursday, Nov. 12 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Developing a Paragraph with professor Gina Barnard.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 4:30 p.m., The Research Process and Using Sources with professor Gavin Brown.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 5 to 6 p.m., Increasing Your Vocabulary with professor David Walsh.

Thursday, Dec. 3 from 2:30 to 3 p.m., Revising and Editing with Prof. Gina Barnard

Thursday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 6 p.m., Preparing For Tests and In-Class Essays with professor David Walsh

The English Center serves the City College student body by providing one-on-one peer tutoring sessions, group tutoring, supplemental instruction workshops for students and much more to help students who are seeking additional help.

“Students don’t always have the chance to get all the information they need in a classroom setting,” says professor Gavin Brown, one of the professors taking part in the workshops. “And these workshops allow us to really target the biggest trouble areas that our students face, so we offer a number of workshops every semester.”

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    Lottfl EklotNov 11, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I don’t know what the problem is with passive writing, writing in the passive voice. If an instructor doesn’t want a student to pad an essay with needless words just to fill out three or five pages, then it serves a purpose. But for other writings, ones that don’t depend on word or page count, what’s the purpose?

    I remember I was printing out an assignment in a computer lab and a woman student who was sitting next to me said “When I went here we had to write in active voice!” Or words to that effect, and I don’t know how she knew what I was writing anyway. But those computers let you analyze your reports (active/passive, vocabulary level, things like that) and all the reports I did were below the average in active/passive. You can hold a reader’s attention just as thoroughly with passive voice if your subject matter is interesting. If you write listlessly, your readers spot that and move on to something else.

    But this is community college, and some folks say alumni are as illiterate when they come out as they were when they went in. So what.

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