THUAS Writing Centre gets off to a festive start with a talk given by Wim Daniëls

THUAS Writing Centre gets off to a festive start with a talk given by Wim Daniëls

On Tuesday, 15 November, the Language Expertise Centre launched its Writing Centre: a place where students can talk with a writing tutor about the texts they have to write for their degree programme. To mark the occasion, Wim Daniëls had been invited to give a talk in the Speakers’ Corner that would begin at 12 noon.

This event was organised together with The Lighthouse.

The THUAS Writing Centre
The idea for writing centres originated in the United States. Now, more and more Dutch institutions of higher education are establishing writing centres in the knowledge that students need support in the writing process. In the wake of successful writing centres in Nijmegen, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Leiden, THUAS is now opening its own Writing Centre.

What goes on at the Writing Centre?
The Writing Centre gives students a chance to talk with a writing tutor about the texts they have to write for their degree programme. These tutors are typically master’s degree students with a talent for language who have been trained to be writing tutors. Topics to be discussed could include the approach to a writing assignment, the structure of the text, the line of reasoning or the formulation. The writing tutor offers guidelines and strategies to deal not only with a certain assignment but also with future writing tasks. The writing tutor will not get involved with the subject matter of a text and will not improve spelling and grammar. Instead, the writing tutor will point out what strikes him/her about a text and refer the student to relevant sources.

Pilot phase
As yet, the THUAS Writing Centre is a pilot programme set up and run through the Language Expertise Centre for the next 18 months. Hopefully, the Writing Centre will demonstrate its usefulness during this time and will become a permanent educational facility at THUAS. During the pilot phase, the Writing Centre will limit its services to students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programmes taught in Dutch. If successful, this facility could later welcome students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programmes taught in English.

Rik van de Vlugt was appointed to supervise and monitor the pilot programme. It was during his master’s degree programme in History at Leiden University that he acquired extensive experience with the Writing Centre at the Expertise Centre for Academic Skills run by the Faculty of Humanities.

The Writing Centre’s location
For now, the Writing Centre is accommodated in Poseidon 1.11, but the tutors can also agree to meet with students at other campus locations.

Registration
Students can set up an appointment with a tutor by completing the registration form at the website. There is no cost for these services, and students can see a tutor more than once if necessary.

Contact
For questions or comments about the Writing Centre, you can contact Janneke Kelter (j.kelter@hhs.nl) or Rik van der Vlugt (r.vanderVlugt@hhs.nl).

E-mail: schrijfcentrum@hhs.nl
Location: OV 4.82 / P 1.11
Website: dehaagsehogeschool.nl/Schrijfcentrum
Facebook: facebook.com/SchrijfcentrumDeHHs

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