Language Center Resources and Handouts


In the first batch of the handouts prepared by the Language Center tutors, you will find resources relating to the topics, issues, and questions frequently asked by the LC’s visitors. Some of them (both handouts and questions) concern the language issues, such as grammar and mechanics and syntax (sentence structures and common structural errors); others take on the process of writing, with the extra focus on the structure-related aspects; some others concern the vast spectrum of working and writing with sources.

The first group consists of four handouts on: building strong thesis statements, developing ideas within singular paragraphs, as well as starting and ending a piece of writing. While the handouts may be of interest of, mostly, first-year students who take their first steps in writing shorter forms, based on just a few sources, they might nonetheless be useful for those of you who write longer research papers or theses, the scope of which may overshadow developing ideas in individual paragraphs of your work.

Another group of handouts describe language issues, particularly relating to sentence structures. Since commas are one of the frequently mishandled and recurring topics, we decided to include a handout on the frequent comma-related errors. The other three handouts concern structuring varied and correct (i.e. logical) sentences, discussing varied sentence structures, expressing and maintaining the parallelism of ideas, and avoiding sentences that are not sentences but just their fragments.

Another two handouts might be of help for those of you writing source-based assignments (i.e. mostly everyone). The first one describes what you can and cannot do when writing with sources; the other one deals with the process of incorporating sources into your text through quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

Finally, there are two handouts that everyone should read prior to both a tutoring session in the Language Center and any writing assignment submission. Treat this one and this one as checklists to go through especially when you think you have completed the first proper draft of your paper. And later too (this, by the way, is a sentence fragment).