For Multilingual Writers

Attendees listen to the presentation
ELL Tutor Alumna, Lindsey Bailie, conducting an APA workshop

ELL Specialists: Erin WightJim McCarthy, and Paul England

We have three are English Language Learner (ELL) tutors: professional faculty who have been trained to work with multilingual writers. 

See our website toolbar’s About the Tutors page to view their websites.

What You Should Bring

piles of papers and notes

  • Your ideas
  • Rubrics (if it’s an assignment)
  • Any texts you’re referencing 
  • Drafts of what you have so far

We work with you at any stage of your drafting process. So bring us nothing but a prompt so we can brainstorm together. OR bring us your final polished piece, so we can “oooh” and “aaah” together.

Chris Sargent, Sarah LeFave, Maddie Kelly, Jimmy Ozog, Alex Mooney, Morgan Jewett Kent, and Paige Mitchell goofing around in a parking lot
UMaine Peer-Tutors celebrating after a successful conference presentation at MCELA (2016)


The Basics

Students sharing their writing with each other
A typical Writing Center one-on-one workshop, where we share and discuss each other’s projects

What are we? A place for all UMaine community members to workshop and professionalize their projects.  

We provide one-on-one tutorials across all UMaine college disciplines and genres, in writing, reading, and public speaking. We support document design projects (websites, online portfolios, PowerPoint presentations, Linkedin accounts), grants, proposals, resumes and research projects. 

Where are we? Online only for Fall 2020.

But, traditionally, find us in the Writing Center: room 402, Neville Hall.

After 5PM, we hold tutorials in the group study room behind the reference desk on the first floor of Fogler Library. We also have satellite locations in 138 Estabrooke Hall in the Honors College, and in Room 312 of the Multicultural Center in the Memorial Union.

Who are we?  We currently have fifteen tutors who major/minor in a range of CLAS disciplines. 

Twelve are peer-tutors: UMaine undergraduate students who were nominated to train as writing consultants in an intensive semester-long internship.

Three are English Language Learner (ELL) tutors: professional faculty who have been trained to work with multilingual writers.

Any student can schedule with any tutor. They are all trained in workshopping writing conventions and academic prose across genres. See our About the Tutors page to view our online portfolios, writing samples, and subject specializations.

Apply to Work as a Peer-Tutor

If you’d like to apply for a paid peer-tutoring position, this entails taking ENG 395, a three-credit writing and reading intensive internship where we train in rigorous peer-review. ENG 395 is only offered in the fall with the expectation that upon successful completion you’ll begin tutoring in the spring. 

If you’re interested, please request a brief letter of recommendation from a professor who is familiar with your work. In addition, please send two writing samples that represent your adaptability in dissimilar genres. Please also send your resume

After reading your submissions, Writing Center Director, Paige Mitchell, will schedule a brief online interview

Applications are due by the end of April. Please submit materials or any questions directly to our Writing Center Director: Paige Mitchell: paige.mitchell@maine.edu.

Peer-Tutors reveling in glory after a successful conference presentation at NEWCA
UMaine Peer-Tutors reveling in glory after a successful conference presentation at NEWCA (2019)

 

Tutors look on as Parker Midura presents
UMaine Peer-Tutors presenting together at NEWCA (2017)
Photo of older former tutors
UMaine Peer-Tutor Alumni with former Director, Dr. Harvey Kail, (circa 1980)

 

The Fringe Benefits

Two tutors on a plane to a Colorado Writing Center Conference
Peer-Tutor alumni, Sam Johnson and Chris Hunter, on their way to present at a Colorado Writing Center Conference (2018)

Do you have to pay? No, services are free for all UMaine community members! 

Will we just edit your essay? No, but we work with you so that you can do it yourself.

Are all tutors English majors? No, but they all have similarly intense writing intensive training.

Can you work with the same tutor? As long as their hours fit with your schedule. But multiple pairs of eyes help!