Our approach emphasizes the use of thoughtful, intelligent dialogue to help students explore and develop their ideas. Peer consultants ask questions, share strategies, and help students assess their own work with skill and confidence. Consultants and students consider how changes in organization, style and mechanics can strengthen their work.
Face-to-face conferences are 25-minutes long, and students may sign up for two consecutive conferences for a total of 50 minutes. Students can sign up for a maximum of two conferences per day.
Students who are unable to visit us in person or who are more comfortable contacting us online can use our online conference service. Since the online service doesn’t allow for the rich conversation that our in person and phone conferences allow, the learning experience may be more limited in scope. Therefore, we recommend that students supplement their online conferencing with in person or phone conferences. We strive to respond to online submissions within 48 hours (not including weekends), but the exact timeframe depends on the volume of submissions we receive.
We provide this service for students who cannot visit us but want some "real-time" interaction. To make an appointment, please use our online schedule and write "Phone Appointment" and your phone number in the text box. Then, email your paper to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 30 minutes before your appointment. We will have your paper available when we call you, though we will not have the opportunity to read it before your scheduled appointment. Your consultant will call you at your scheduled time.
In addition to peer-to-peer conferences, a whole library of resources is available online to help you review and improve your writing individually. Our resources page and the ESL Student Handbook can help answer specific questions or guide you through learning a whole new concept.
Preparing for the WSA
Getting ready to take the Writing Skills Assessment (WSA)? Meet one-on-one with a tutor who can help you prepare for the WSA. Contact Lead Peer Consultant Erik Echols at email@example.com or 425-352-5253 to set up an appointment.
Conversation Partners offers students the opportunity to meet with peer consultants for informal English language and cultural exchanges. Practice speaking English, expand your vocabulary, and gain confidence in your conversational skills.