English tutoring sessions
These sessions have now concluded. If you’d like for us to restart them, please speak up in https://chat.zulip.org/#narrow/stream/learning/topic/English.20tutoring .

Welcome to the English tutoring sessions for Zulip community contributors! If you would like 30 minutes of critique and tutoring to help you with your written English skills, please sign up for one of our upcoming sessions below.

Everyone participating is expected to follow our code of conduct.

For hosts:
Your cohost will be online 10 minutes before the session to help you get set up.

For learners:
Please bring a writing sample that’s around 250-600 words long and paste it into the writing sample Paper before the session. The sample should be nonfiction that you’ve written in English, such as a draft of your Google Summer of Code proposal, your Recurse Center application, or a blog post (nontechnical writing is fine). It’s ok if you haven’t published it online before, and it’s okay if you bring a few shorter samples that total up to 250-600 words together.

Only three learners per session, to make sure the instructor has enough time for each of you! If you’ve already been in one session, please wait a few days before signing up again, so everyone has a chance to get feedback.

Privacy notice:
We want to conduct these lessons in public so that even people who aren’t being directly tutored can learn from them. Your username and email address will be visible to other users on chat.zulip.org; you don’t have to share your email address or your wallet name to edit this document. Don’t put information into your writing sample that you don’t want strangers to see.

Sessions:

These sessions have now concluded. If you’d like for us to restart them, please speak up in https://chat.zulip.org/#narrow/stream/learning/topic/English.20tutoring .

Agenda

  1. 5 minutes: host, cohost, and learner introductions
  1. Host & cohost: where do you live, and what is something that annoys you about English or writing?
  1. Learners: where do you live, and what do you find difficult about English or writing?
  1. 25 minutes: Learner 1
  1. Learner 1: paste your piece in and explain the goal of the piece (who is your audience, and what do you want to persuade or teach them?), and state the level of feedback you are looking for (structure and content, writing style, and/or grammar and punctuation)
  1. Host: read the piece, offer positive and negative feedback
  1. 25 minutes: Learner 2
  1. Learner 2: paste your piece in and explain the goal of the piece (who is your audience, and what do you want to persuade or teach them?), and state the level of feedback you are looking for (structure and content, writing style, and/or grammar and punctuation)
  1. Host: read the piece, offer positive and negative feedback
  1. 25 minutes: Learner 3
  1. Learner 3: paste your piece in and explain the goal of the piece (who is your audience, and what do you want to persuade or teach them?), and state the level of feedback you are looking for (structure and content, writing style, and/or grammar and punctuation)
  1. Host: read the piece, offer positive and negative feedback
  1. 10 minutes: Closing
  1. Learners: What would you like to work on next, and what was helpful or not helpful about today’s feedback?
  1. Host & cohost: Do you have any favorite online reading to recommend?