RIDES is a program to help English Language Learner (ELL) students at MSU Denver with practical writing skills not covered by a traditional writing center consultation. RIDES sessions will help ELL students with the lower order concerns (article use, punctuation, grammar, etc.) unique to their situation.
The RIDES program will pair each student with a writing center consultant trained specifically for this program. The pair will work together for the entire semester, with a commitment of a 30-minute session every week. Together, the student and consultant will identify areas of improvement, and work together to develop English language skills by working on specific assignments for class, as well as tutorials and customized exercises.
Beyond the 30-minute sessions, RIDES students will also have access to specialized tools and unique opportunities. We will also offer the option to try to work with your instructors, if desired, to identify areas for development and receive feedback on improvement.
Students who complete the program will be able to take part in a party at the end of the semester and will be eligible for prizes and awards.
* Click here to submit a RIDES application for the Fall 2019 Semester. *
Be Proud. English is a difficult language to learn and we think it’s fantastic that you took this extra step to develop your skills. First and most important, be proud of yourself.
Sign Your Contract. Some of you have already signed your RIDES contracts, but your consultant will check in with you to make sure you understand expectations about attendance and other important things.
Show Us How You Write. Your consultant will ask you a question and you will write for a very short time in English. Letting your consultant see how you write will help them decide what you might need help on. At the end of the 10 weeks you will answer the same question and you will see how much your skills have improved.
Let’s Talk. Spend the rest of the appointment talking to your consultant about what you want to be able to do as a writer. Is there something in particular that you struggle with, or a special way that you learn? These are important things to know about you. You can bring an assignment from your classes if you want to show an example but it is not required.
Do Your Homework. Your consultant will give you something small to practice for the week. Try your best to make time to practice. Practice makes you better.
Don’t Give Up. People learn in different ways. If there is a strategy that didn’t work well for you, let your consultant know. If there is something that takes more than one appointment to understand that’s ok. We are not here to judge you or grade you. We are here to help you become the writer that you want to be. Be patient. Do not give up on yourself.
We are so happy that you are joining us this semester, and we are excited to help you grow!
-- The RIDES Team
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