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Our writing tutors are sometimes asked to help students with literature
interpretation, particularly poetry. Even though our tutors are all
professionals, most of them are not experts in literature. Usually we just
discuss the reading and let them work through their ideas. Since we are
connected to the library, we can also send them to a research librarian to
do some research on the subject.

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From: Daniel Perez [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2000 11:44 AM
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Subject: Who tutors literature?


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Dear Colleagues,
    Recently, we at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas
Southmost College (UTB/TSC) ran right into a question I'm sure plagues
many of our campuses: who, if anyone, should help students answer
questions about literature?  Should helping literature students be the
responsibility of Writing tutors? Reading tutors?  Should the
responsibility be left to the professor?  We at the UTB/TSC Learning
Assistance Center are strictly opposed to providing students with
personal interpretations and/or summaries of literary works, but there
are many students who just need to know they are on the right track.
What help would be appropriate to provide these students and who should
provide it?  All responses will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for
your time.
Daniel J. Perez
SI Coordinator

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