Center for Writing & Languages

Center for Writing & Languages

Senior Director: Dr. Tess Stockslager

The Center for Writing and Languages (CWL), formerly known as the University Writing Program (UWP), was established in 2006 as part of Liberty’s efforts to improve graduate student writing. The heart of the CWL is one-on-one coaching. The CWL—the umbrella organization over the Graduate Writing Center (GWC), Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC), Online Writing Center (OWC), and Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL)—employs advanced students with superior writing and teaching skills to offer individualized writing and language instruction to Liberty University students.

In addition to coaching, the CWL also offers a variety of tools to help students with their writing. The CWL webpage (http://www.liberty.edu/cwl) includes a large collection of resources on common topics such as “commas” or “APA Documentation.” In addition, the web page offers a variety of links to reliable online sources for writing instruction. Through the web page, students can e-mail quick questions to writing-center coaches or offer suggestions for further online writing aids that the CWL should consider developing. Foreign language resources are also available on the Online Foreign Language Lab web page.

The Directors of the CWL are available to faculty for classroom presentations or for help in developing teaching aids, rubrics, or assignments. CWL staff members routinely make presentations on topics such as documentation, common grammar errors, plagiarism, and many other writing and language skills in classrooms and in faculty workshops.

Currently, all CWL services are free of charge to Liberty University students, staff, and faculty. Faculty may download any CWL-produced online materials for use in their classes.

Graduate Writing Center

The GWC offers writing-related services tailored to the University’s residential graduate population by providing success courses:

  • GRST 500 Introduction to Graduate Writing (0 c.h.)
  • GRST 501 Graduate Success Strategies (0 c.h.)

 Faculty members are supported as they seek to incorporate writing instruction in their classrooms. The GWC also offers help to any Liberty University affiliated scholars seeking to publish or present their work in professional venues. A trained coach will review drafts and offer feedback, suggestions for revision, and personalized instruction on all aspects of the writing process. Coaches can help with brainstorming, grammar, punctuation, content, organization, and documentation, and help is available to students from the earliest stages of a program through the thesis or dissertation.

Residential students or faculty may contact the center by calling (434) 592-7741 or by emailing writing@liberty.edu.

Undergraduate Writing Center

The Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC) was established as part of Liberty’s efforts to improve student writing. Formed in 2008, the UWC builds on the programs and services already established in the Graduate Writing Center (GWC).

The heart of the UWC is one-on-one coaching. The UWC employs advanced students with superior writing and teaching skills to offer individualized writing instruction to any Liberty University undergraduate student. Residential students can schedule appointments with the UWC, and a coach will review their drafts and offer feedback, suggestions for revision, and personalized instruction on all aspects of the writing process. Coaches can help with brainstorming, grammar, punctuation, content, organization, and documentation, and they are available from the earliest stages of a program through the capstone project.

Residential students or faculty may contact the center by calling (434) 592-7741 or by emailing writing@liberty.edu.

Online Writing Center

Director: Dr. Shelah Simpson

The Online Writing Center (OWC) was established as part of Liberty’s efforts to improve student writing and thus offers writing-related services to the University’s online student population and by providing success courses:

  • GRST 500 Introduction to Graduate Writing (0 c.h.)
  • GRST 501 Graduate Success Strategies (0 c.h.)

Through the Online Writing Center web page (http://www.liberty.edu/onlinewritingcenter), online students can submit drafts of upcoming assignments to receive coach feedback, schedule appointments to speak online with a coach , e-mail quick questions to coaches , or offer suggestions for further online writing aids that the OWC should consider developing. Students may contact the OWC by emailing onlinewriting@liberty.edu.

 Online Foreign Language Lab

Director: Dr. Alisha Castañeda

In August 2012, the Center for Writing and Languages (CWL) opened the Online Foreign Language Lab (OFLL). The OFLL provides free one-on-one coaching sessions for students studying German, Mandarin, French, Spanish, and English as a second language (ESL) through the Liberty University Online conversational language courses.

The OFLL employs highly qualified individuals with native-speaking ability who not only meet the language standards but are also skilled in effectively coaching and teaching essential language skills. These coaches provide personalized instruction in all areas related to language acquisition, including grammar, vocabulary, appropriate writing style, and oral and auditory practice and development. Considering the long-distance nature of online learning, students will meet with coaches via Skype and Google Hangouts. To find out more information about this center and scheduling an appointment, students can contact the OFLL by any of the following methods:

Website: www.liberty.edu/online/casas/foreign-language-lab
Email:    onlinefll@liberty.edu
Phone:    (434) 592-6514

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