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Writing Centers Around the World

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Hiroshima University Writing Center, Hiroshima, Japan

By |February 12th, 2021|

The Hiroshima University (HU) Writing Center was established in 2013. Located inside the HU Library, it is operated by the library and the URA Division, Department of Research and Academia-Government-Community Collaboration. The center supports students in both Japanese and English academic writing.

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Creating a Writing Center Community: CAPA (Academic Publishing Advisory Center), Curitiba, Brazil

By |January 22nd, 2021|

CAPA (Academic Publishing Advisory Center, in Portuguese "Centro de Assessoria de Publicação Acadêmica") is the first true writing center in Brazil, founded in 2016 by Professor Ron Martinez. There is a need to talk about writing (even in Portuguese) since students feel pressured and have few opportunities to reflect upon their writing processes. Also, scholars and students in Brazil suffer from enormous pressure to publish articles in prestigious, high-impact journals, and this usually entails publishing in English -- a phenomenon related to the "internationalization of higher education". CAPA addresses both issues at once but It is for this latter reason that students and faculty alike seek out our writing center; if CAPA dealt with only the former, it is unlikely the writing center would reach as many people as it does.  

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English Writing Centers as Part of Educational Reform in China

By |November 20th, 2020|

The globalization of Chinese universities intends to develop talents with global vision, knowledge of international rules and participation of international affairs and competition, focusing on developing students with good foreign language knowledge and cross-cultural communication skills. English writing center is not simply the platform for English writing itself but more significant for the development of effective English communication. What’s encouraging is that now more and more Chinese universities attach great importance to writing itself. I am confident that EWC, as part of the whole writing program in Chinese universities, will benefit from the whole promotion of writing and become a popular platform for international communication.

Looking Forward: The Regional Writing Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland

By |October 9th, 2020|

As I wrote in ‘At the Centre of Changing Contexts: A Writing for Life Centre' (Cleary 2019, p.116), Irish law obligates our universities to be outward facing: “…we are a face looking in two directions simultaneously, back to a student’s life before matriculation and forward to the life the student faces when they leave.” Moving forward, we will continue to host a national essay-writing competition for secondary school students, engaging them in debates about social issues that are relevant to them as a way of preparing them for future civic engagement.

The English Writing Center at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

By |September 11th, 2020|

The Zhejiang University English Writing Center (EWC) is affiliated with Zhejiang University, one of China’s top higher education institutions located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. Unlike other EWCs, we have no peer tutors but three professor tutors regularly and a few professors just when-in-need. The language of engagement is English for English professor tutors, and both Chinese and English for Chinese professor tutors.

The University of the Western Cape Writing Centre, Bellville, South Africa

By |August 14th, 2020|

The UWC Writing Centre was the first writing centre to be established at a South African university in 1994. While English is the main medium of teaching and learning in the University including the writing centre, the centre acknowledges and welcomes every student due to the fact that the University itself is a multi-ethnic, multilingual institution.