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The Writing and Language Support (WALS) programme is run by the Union for international students studying at UCL.

We’re here to help non-native English speaking students with their academic writing and speaking. Our Peer Tutors run several different types of free activities to help you with your written and spoken English, including: a regular programme of workshops, bookable one-to-one sessions and ‘Coffee and Conversation’ (a weekly opportunity to get together and practice your spoken English with other students).

You can find out more and book yourself onto the programme on our moodle page here.

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More about WALS one-to-one sessions and how they work

  1. The aim of appointments is to help non-native English speaking students with their academic writing and speaking. Peer Tutors won’t be writing papers for you, but will point out language mistakes and help you become a better editor of your own work.
  2. If you are using the service for writing support, you need to submit a piece of writing to be reviewed, at least 24 hours in advance.  Don’t worry if you haven’t finished it, just submit as much as much as you can. The work must not be more than 1500 words.
  3. During the session, the Peer Tutor will go through your work with you, point out mistakes and help you to self-correct. Specific questions and queries are also welcomed.
  4. You can also use the service for speaking assistance (‘language support’); e.g., to practice an oral presentation. You will receive feedback on your fluency and pronunciation.
  5. The Peer Tutor can’t comment on the content of your essay or presentation, only the clarity of expression.
  6. You may only have a total of two appointments per term. This is to allow as many students as possible to use the service.
  7. Appointments last 20 minutes only.
  8. You can amend a booking 24 hours in advance. However, if you simply miss your appointment you will not be able to reschedule.
  9. Peer Tutors cannot review take home exams.
  10. Peer Tutors are only able to assist non-native English speaking international students. Language Centre students are not able to use the service. One-to-one appointments are available to all other international students, but is mainly aimed at undergraduates in their first and second year of study. Postgraduate research students are encouraged to seek support from their supervisor.

Still have questions? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.