Rochelle Butler:

A writing center is a great idea!  You are so lucky to be starting one.
However, I would make sure that the writing center does not become a
"grammar testing center."  Turning in practice test grades to professors can
be quite a responsibility.  What happens if a student's scores are lost?
Who is accountable?

In a writing center, the student writers should feel free to discuss writing
issues. So, you may need to encourage the students to have one on one
consultations about grammar in addition to the tutorial computer programs.
In terms of software, find out which grammar texts they are using.  Bedford
and Harcourt have some nice programs for adult learners.

Cynthia Harper-Gosselin
Our Lady of the Lake University
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                -----Original Message-----
                From:   Rochelle Butler [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
                Sent:   Wednesday, March 29, 2000 8:59 AM
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                Subject:        Writing Software

                Good Morning!
                We are looking into providing a writing center as an
extension of Learning
                Center services at our college.  Any advice or things I
should watch out
                I met with the English Department faculty yesterday and they
are very
                excited about the possibility of a writing center.  They
asked if it were
                possible to have some grammar practice software in place in
the writing
                center.  They envision sending students to the writing
center for extra
                grammar practice and drill.  The software would be able to
give students
                some exercises and then explain to the student why the
answer they picked
                was wrong or right.  The software would then grade the work
and I would be
                able to send the results to the professors.  (As you can
see, our college is
                very conservative in its writing curriculum.  I see the
writing center as a
                place where students can get help actually writing their
papers also
                Anyway, are any of you aware of a good grammar software
program to meet our
                needs?  I did check the listserve archives and did not find
anything yet.
                Thanks in advance for your help!