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WALS IS BACK FOR 2019!

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, one-to-one sessions and ‘Coffee and Conversation’ which is a weekly opportunity to get together and practice your spoken English with other students.

You can book yourself onto the programme on our bookings page here.

Visit our Facebook page for updates on our activities and to suggest ideas for workshops.

Meet our Peer Tutors

Joseph Proulx 

Joseph is studying Applied Linguistics at MA level. Originally from Canada, where he studied English and French Literature alongside Second Language Acquisition, Joseph has lived abroad in China, South Korea (Jeju!), Spain and Australia. He is a passionate language learner and teacher (and surfer) who looks forward to working alongside other UCL students seeking to improve their language skills.

Ellie Evans

Ellie is a final year undergraduate studying Russian and History. As part of her degree she spent a year abroad in Russia last year. She has worked with ESL students before in Russia and for a month in Japan and loved it, so when the opportunity came up to work with international students at UCL she was really interested in getting involved. She knows from her own experience what it’s like to be in a different country speaking a second language, and so she really understands how invaluable writing and language support is!

More about WALS sessions and how they work

Workshops

We are currently planning our workshops for Term 2, which will cover a variety of academic and cultural topics. They are run by our Peer Tutors and have a mixture of lecture-style teaching, as well as opportunities to practice the skills being taught with the other students. Our workshops are designed so that they will be useful whether you attend every session, or just some. To see what’s available and to register your interest, just click to go to our bookings page here where our workshops will be listed as we confirm them.

One-to-one appointments

You can also book a one-to-one appointment with our Peer Tutors to discuss specific pieces of written work or get help with oral presentations. 

  • The aim of appointments is to help non-native English speaking students with their academic writing and speaking. Peer Tutors are not proof-readers and won’t be writing papers for you, but they will point out language mistakes and help you become a better editor of your own work.
  • 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 be no more than 1000 words.
  • 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.
  • You can also use the service for language support e.g.to practice an oral presentation. You will receive feedback on your fluency and pronunciation. Your presentation should be no longer than 10 minutes and will need to be submitted before your appointment with the Peer Tutor.
  • The Peer Tutor can’t comment on the content of your essay or presentation, only the clarity of expression.
  • You may only have a total of two appointments per term. This is to allow as many students as possible to use the service.
  • Appointments last for 30 minutes.
  • You can amend a booking 24 hours in advance. However, if you simply miss your appointment you will not be able to reschedule.
  • Peer Tutors cannot review take home exams.
  • 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 are mainly aimed at undergraduates in their first and second year of study. Postgraduate research students are encouraged to seek support from their supervisor in the first instance.

To book a one-to-one appointment, please go to our bookings page here. Appointments can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance.

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