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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