Your students take your advice seriously! At SASS, students regularly tell us that they’ve booked a writing or learning appointment because their professor or TA encouraged them to do so. Please consider recommending us to any of your students who you think could benefit from an appointment. We help Queen’s students from all years, all faculties and all degree programs, those who are struggling and those who are doing very well but would like to do a bit better.
Students don’t need a formal referral to use the Writing Centre or Learning Strategies service, and can book their own appointments in the following ways:
- online booking
- in person, by visiting us on the main floor of Stauffer Library
- by calling 613-533-6315.
Referring EAL (English as an Additional Language) Students
Does the student want general help with understanding writing conventions and other academic practices?
- Suggest English Academic Writing Support (Tuesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Queen’s International Centre (QUIC), 2nd floor, Mitchell Hall).
Both undergraduate and graduate students can learn and practice English academic writing. Each week, SASS’s EAL Coordinator facilitates a session on a different writing topic such as articles, critical thinking, or sentence variety. Students can decide which topics are of interest to them and join an informal environment where they can build on writing foundations, evaluate examples, do practice exercises, learn strategies, and ask questions.
- Suggest SASS workshops.
SASS offers workshops throughout the year on various topics related to academic life. Workshops are free and do not require registration. Most take place in Stauffer Library, room 121, although some workshops address international students’ concerns and take place at the QUIC. Check SASS’s events calendar for specific information.
Would the student benefit from professional feedback?
- Suggest Academic English Drop-In Support (Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm, Stauffer Library, room 143).
Students can drop in and meet with a SASS consultant.
- Suggest the Grad Writing Lab (Thursdays, 9am-12pm, Graduate Student Reading Room, 3rd floor of Stauffer).
Graduate students may drop in and work on their writing. A dedicated academic writing specialist is on site Thursdays from 9am-12pm.
- Suggest a 1:1 appointment at SASS.
SASS offers 1:1 appointments with the EAL Coordinator to help improve students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English. Students can book an introductory consultation to get to know the coordinator, assess their needs, and book future appointments.
Does the student want to get more comfortable with their conversation skills?
- Suggest the English Conversation Group (Thursdays, 5:30pm-7pm, QUIC).
The Conversation Group meetings are intended to help international students who wish to improve their spoken English language skills. The sessions include group activities and discussions. International students (including spouses) are welcome to visit any group session. Registration is not required.