The Language Center
The Language Center is a place for all Webster Vienna Private University students to receive free one-on-one assistance with any aspect of the writing process—from reading comprehension to brainstorming, from grammar to the organization of ideas, and, finally, from the first draft to the final revision. Our experienced staff of tutors is committed to treating writing as a process that will enable students to better articulate their ideas both inside and outside the academy.
To make an appointment, please first register with the Language Center's scheduling software, SuperSaaS, or simply stop by to see if a tutor is available.
Monday-Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
THE LANGUAGE CENTER STAFF
Current Position: Lecturer in the Liberal Arts / Language Center Coordinator
Dr. Lucy J. Parry, PhD
Current Position: Language Center Tutor
Working hours: Mon 10-13, Tue 10-15
Lucy J. Parry gained her doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2017, in the Department of Politics. Her doctoral research explores the potential of deliberative democracy for enhancing the political representation of nonhuman animals, through an in-depth empirical analysis of the British foxhunting debate. Her research is supported by the Centre for Animals and Social Justice, a British research center advocating for greater animal protection policy through understanding its political implications. Lucy’s research covers both political theory and empirical social science. She uses Q methodology to identify and study discourses and has authored several publications spanning deliberative democracy, animal ethics, Q methodology and democratic innovation. Her research interests also include the political turn in animal ethics, discursive representation, deliberative systems, and deliberative mini-publics.
Prior to joining Webster, Lucy was based at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra in Australia, where she remains an active Associate. Lucy also works with Participedia, a global project based at the University of British Colombia documenting democratic innovations around the world. Lucy’s most recent research collaboration is with Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, which examines the effect of deliberation on fundamental moral disagreement.
Mmag. phil. Tamara Radak
Current Position: Language Center Tutor
Working hours: Mon 13-18, Thur 10-13
Having completed a three-year uni:docs fellowship and submitted her PhD thesis at the English Department, University of Vienna, Tamara Radak is currently preparing a monograph on “endgames” and anti-closural narratives in the novels of James Joyce, Flann O'Brien, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway, titled "No(n)Sense of an Ending? Modernist Aporias of Closure".
Radak has been invited as a lecturer at the Trieste James Joyce Summer School and the Vienna Irish Studies and Cultural Theories Summer School. She has published essays in James Joyce Quarterly, European Joyce Studies, James Joyce Literary Supplement, and the Flann O'Brien-themed The Parish Review. Her most recent essay, published in Flann O'Brien, titled "Problems with Authority" (Cork UP, 2017), applies hypertext and possible worlds theory to Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman. She is currently working on the edited volume Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities, together with Paul Fagan and John Greaney.
Radak’s research and teaching focuses on modernism and postmodernism, Irish literature and culture, and the intersection between literary theory and technology studies. In addition to her academic work, Radak is a regular fact-checker, proofreader, and contributor to Metropole – Vienna in English.
Dr. Hano Pipic, PhD
Current Position: Language Center Tutor
Working hours: Thur 14-18, Fri 14-18
Dr. Pipic obtained his co-tutelle doctoral degree in literary studies, completing the joint PhD program at University of Vienna and University of Queensland (dissertation title: “Postcolonial Departures: Narrative Transformations in Australian and South African Contemporary Fictions”). A recipient of the PhD thesis publication grant from Peter Lang, he published his dissertation as a book under the same title in 2017.
Pipic has served as an adjunct faculty at the English Department, University of Vienna and at University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna. He is also a teacher at Erlgasse high school in Vienna.
His research interests focus on Australian and South African Literatures and their encounters with genre and trauma. Recently, he has begun organizing a project on comprising a handbook on how to teach Shakespeare in Austrian high-schools.
Current Position: Language Center Tutor (WVPU Training Scholarship Awardee)
Working hours: Tue 15-18, Wed 15-16, Thur 13-14, Friday 10-13
Ani Yoseliani has been a student at Webster University Vienna since 2014, working toward a major in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. Ani has a widespread interest in literature, teaching, philosophy, and writing. Still in high school, she authored a children’s book, which, eventually, she would go on to publish and distribute to schools and libraries as supplemental material for children learning English. During her time at Webster, she received an opportunity to work with a Freshman Seminar group, where she assisted students in generating ideas, writing, and revising their work. In 2015, she was invited to speak at a Tedx conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. She is passionate about the written and spoken word, and equally so about helping people embrace their thoughts and gain confidence in their writing.
- Writing academic papers in all disciplines
- Argument and style
- Organizing papers of different lengths
- Grammar and vocabulary
- Avoiding plagiarism
- Proper citation
- Improving your verbal English through English conversation
The Language Center continues the mission of the Writing Center, aiming to provide students of Webster Vienna Private University with one-on-one assistance in any aspect of the writing process. Our objective is to foster cultivating writing growth both in respect of and regardless of the temporary source of authority, be it an instructor, a course, or a grade. The Language Center aims to enhance written communications skills through face-to-face sessions and other resources (handouts). Such dialogic and collaborative tutoring approaches student writing as a form of communication, promoting cognitive development, critical thinking, and understanding of the writing process. Engaging in a dialogue is a chance for students to become the voice of authority in their papers, without just regurgitating information from class/sources. It also facilitates filling in gaps that occur when writing down, gaps such as fragmented sentences, omitted words, unrelated details, and confused structure, which may appear in early drafts. Through the use of conversation, students can overcome writer’s blocks or gaps in ideas before putting them on paper, as well as clarify unclear ideas already presented in a draft.
The writing pedagogy shared by the Language Center tutors entails moving away from an exclusive concern with isolated and rudimentary skills and directing attention towards an exploration or questioning of experience, knowledge and expression within the WVPU scholarly community. The Language Center tutors encourage students to explore ideas, broach concerns, and express doubts, providing a low-risk environment necessary for promoting self-confidence and autonomy. With the above objectives in mind, the Language Center recognizes the individuality of writing practices and the necessity to recognize, respect, and cherish the idiosyncratic writing styles of each Language Center visitor, as well as to approximate them to a range of more specific writing models and research writing pedagogies promoted by WVPU.
The Language Center strives to:
- provide faculty and students of Webster Vienna Private University with the opportunity to enhance written communications skills through the use of face-to-face consulting sessions and other resources;
- promote proficiency in written work across the curriculum;
- assist faculty in developing writing intensive courses.
- The Language Center is student-oriented. The tutors work together with students to help them become active, independent learners. Through conferencing and other interactive activities, the student becomes involved with the process of writing.
- The Language Center encourages students to explore ideas, discover meaning, and communicate with an audience. The tutors do not evaluate the students’ work, thus allowing the students to broach concerns and express doubts. This low-risk environment promotes self-confidence and autonomy.
Why visit the Language Center?
- The Language Center instructors are trained to read academic papers critically and with an eye towards strengthening an argument.
- They can talk to you about structure, ideas, and clarity of your paper, and suggest strategies for revision.
- Academic writing can be a solitary pursuit -- sharing your ideas with a writing tutor is a way to try them out for an audience.
What to expect during a session
Some questions we may ask you to help us (and you) understand the problem:
- How did you choose this topic?
- What is the purpose of this paper? What are you trying to say? Prove? Explain? Demonstrate?
- How might you summarize your ideas for this paper?
- What is your greatest area of concern in this assignment? Or, what did you find difficult about writing this paper?
Consider ways to expand your analysis or argument:
- How might you carry this idea into the next section of your paper?
- What if you called attention to more of the details in this example?
- Can you incorporate that idea within your thesis statement?
- Can you think of examples that support the thesis?
Reevaluate structure or organization:
- What is this paragraph doing specifically? How does it tie-in with your thesis? How does it prepare the reader for the next paragraph?
- How many ideas do you have in this paragraph?
- Do you need to separate these two topic paragraphs or consolidate them?
- Can you think of a different way to approach this interpretation?