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writeELC for Undergraduates

writeELC for Undergraduates is designed to help students for whom English is not their primary language develop academic writing skills and is organized around writing assignments in Vanderbilt University courses.

Participating in writeELC will help students better adapt to academic writing styles, become more effective in presenting their ideas and introduce them to a range of online resources.

In Spring 2019, writeELC will be offered as a workshop series. Each session will have a particular theme and include activities, exercises, and discussion.


Sign up to reserve your spot. Workshops are free, but space is limited.

Select the sessions you plan to attend. Each workshop will be held twice to accommodate different students’ schedules.

Confirmation and more details will be sent prior to each workshop.

(Spring 2019 only)

Session Topics:

Sessions are held Mondays (4:00-5:30 p.m.) and Wednesdays (3:00-5:30 p.m.) at the ELC.

Attend one, a few, or all seven workshops.

Workshop 1 (January 28 and 30)
Understanding Teacher Feedback & Tools for Editing

Enhancing revision strategies by helping you better understand teacher feedback and craft effective responses.

Workshop 2 (February 4 and 6)
Tools to Build your Academic Vocabulary

Using a targeted corpus (language database) as a tool to identify and build academic vocabulary appropriate to your field.

Workshop 3 (February 11 and 13)
Improving Clarity and Flow

Introducing a range of strategies to build better connections in your writing.

Workshop 4 (February 18 and 20)
Research Skills I: Finding and Evaluating Sources

Honing skills to identify, evaluate, and locate reputable sources for your research.

Workshop 5 (March 18 and 20)
Research Skills II: Integrating Sources

Delving deeper into the art of Paraphrasing, Quoting, and Summarizing.

Workshop 6 (March 25 and 27)
Writing Effective Emails

Helping you avoid the pitfalls of email communication with an emphasis on

Workshop 7 (April 1 and 3)
Career Writing

Helping you craft strong, focused resumes and cover letters that are appropriate for an American context.


For more information about Academic Workshops, please contact:

Vanderbilt University English Language Center
Tel: +1 615-322-2277