ESL Writing Support

ESL Writing Support

All students on campus may create appointments with the Writing Center using our online scheduling system. However, if multilingual and international students would like to receive, additional, targeted support on a weekly basis throughout the semester, they may enroll in the English as a Second Language (ESL) Opt-In Program.

The essence of the ESL Opt-In Program is this: Students commit to improving their writing by meeting with the same tutor once each week (or with two tutors twice each week); in return for this commitment, the Writing Center helps coordinate their tutoring schedule and may, in some cases, increase the number of allowed appointments each term.

Graduate students might also be interested in joining an ESL Graduate Writing Group.

Benefits of the Opt-In Program:

  • Continuity: Students meet with the same tutor each week. This enables both the student and tutors to build on what they have worked on in previous sessions. Most students opt for one session each week; students may request two appointments per week.

  • Direct help with specific assignments: Students may work with their tutor on a single assignment over multiple sessions. Each session may be devoted to sentence-level issues or to larger overall concerns such as argument and organization.

How it works

Students admitted to the program determine a regular day and time to meet with their tutor. The Writing Center sets up the appointments at the beginning of the semester to ensure the student is able to meet with the same one or two tutors throughout the term. We are happy to admit students to the program up to mid-term, or as long as the tutoring schedule allows for consistent booking of an Opt-In tutor. 

How to apply

To apply for the Opt-In Support Program, register with the Writing Center at Then please fill out the application form for Fall 2019, which will ask for the following information:

1. Your name, year of study, degree program, and a brief statement telling us why you want to register for the program.

2. Preferred meeting days and times (please provide at least 2 options). The Writing Center at the Fairfax campus is open Monday-Thursday 10:30-6:30 and Friday 9:30-2:30. All appointments begin at 30 minutes after the hour (10:30, 11:30, etc.).

3. Whether you would like to meet once per week with one tutor or twice per week with two tutors

4. Whether you have any specific requests. We cannot promise to accommodate these requests, but we will be happy to try.

If you have questions, please contact us at