Grammar materials and exercises that supplement our ESL courses
What types of tutoring services are offered?
We offer free help for SMC ESL students with grammar and homework questions, developing topic sentences and thesis statements, essay organization and coherency, essay revision (2nd drafts), and conversation and pronunciation.
Who is eligible?
We provide individual tutoring free of charge to all non-native speakers of English currently enrolled at SMC.
How do I make an appointment?
Appointments are made online. To schedule an appointment, log into Corsair Connect, and click the ALIS link for tutoring appointments. You will be asked to register the first time you use the service. Then select ESL (ESL 120). If you need help making your appointment, please come to the ESL office (ESL107).
How often may I have an appointment?
You may make one or two appointments per week. Appointments generally last 30 minutes per visit.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
The tutors can help you with any aspect of your English/ESL coursework, but they do not have prepared lessons. You should bring any class materials or assignments that you would like help with. Think of specific questions that you want answers to.
Can I meet with a tutor without an appointment?
Sometimes. It is always best to make an appointment, but if a student is not scheduled or does not show up for an appointment, the tutor will put up a sign on the door to ESL 120 indicating that drop-in appointments are available. Drop-in appointments may also be available during the Tuesday and Thursday activity hour from 11:00 AM -12:30 PM.
Where do I meet with my tutor?
Tutors meet students in the ESL building (corner of 16th and Pearl Streets) in Room ESL 120. The secretary (ESL 107) can direct you to your tutor. You should plan to arrive a few minutes early for your session.
How do I cancel an appointment?
Cancellations should be made at least 24 hours in advance and are made online at the same site where you schedule an appointment.
When are the tutors available?
We offer tutoring throughout the school year, including the intersessions (winter and summer). Available hours are designed to accommodate both our day and evening students.
Who are the tutors?
The ESL Department tutors are highly-trained specialists with advanced degrees. They are familiar with our courses and the assignments that our instructors require. They can also direct students to resources for self-study and further language learning.
Tutoring Program Faculty Leader: Janet Harclerode; email firstname.lastname@example.org
ESL Dept Conversation Groups:
What: Conversation Group, guided by native English speakers and ESL tutors (Fall and Spring semesters only)
When: Every Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.