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Writing & Language Development

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Student Learning Development offers writing and language development support for students studying at the University of Otago through our services:

  • Peer Writers   Peer writers are senior students trained to support 100 level students in their writing development .
  • Conversational English  Informal conversational English classes led by student volunteers who facilitate an opportunity for EAL students to ask language and culture-related questions in a safe environment, as well as providing a chance to meet others trying to improve their English .
  • Language Mentors  A conversational language programme in which you are partnered with a student or staff member to practice your English speaking skills.
  • Writing & Language workshops  We run a wide range of workshops on academic writing, language and presentation skills.
  • Writing & Language resources  We have a wide range of digital resources on academic writing, language and presentation skills.
  • Talk to our Student Learning staff  Talk to a learning adviser to find strategies for your specific writing, language and presentation needs.

Other Useful Links

Comma QueenA video series from New Yorker copy editor, Mary Norris. Brief, to the point and delightful – watch Mary’s tips on grammar, syntax, vocabulary, spelling, usage, and punctuation.