Friday, January 24, 2014

Interested in Teaching English in China?

Below is an announcement from the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Students interested in TESOL are invited to attend an information session on Thursday, February 6, at 5PM in SAC 301 (Schmitt Academic Center, Lincoln Park campus). More information can also be found here

The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse is proud to announce that we have established a direct relationship with the English Department at Huaqiao University in Xiamen, China.  This is part of a larger relationship that DePaul has been building with Huaqiao since 2012.  As a result of recent visits to Huaqiao University by WRD Chair Pete Vandenberg and the Coordinator of WRD’s Graduate TESOL Certificate, Jason Schneider, the two departments have established a direct pathway for DePaul students who complete the Graduate TESOL Certificate ( to teach Writing and ESL in China, starting in academic year 2014-2015.  Graduates of the TESOL Certificate will be preferred applicants for one-year teaching appointments in the Huaqiao English Department.

A full-time university teaching appointment is a valuable experience not always available domestically to recent graduates.  Teaching at Huaqiao can be a strong foundation for the U.S. college teaching market or doctoral study in a range of disciplines.   Furthermore, spending time working and living abroad can be an invaluable personal experience and is regarded as an asset by employers in many sectors.  Those hired to teach full-time at Huaqiao will receive free single-occupancy accommodations, paid insurance, a travel allowance, and other compensation in addition to their salary. 

The opportunity for this coming year is open to those who will have the TESOL Certificate in hand by summer 2014.  Current DePaul graduate and undergraduate students who may be interested in teaching at Huaqiao in this year or future years are invited to an informational session sponsored by Profs. Vandenberg and Schneider on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 5:00 in SAC 301.  They will talk about the Huaqiao University English Department, the details of the lecturer appointments and the application process, and the beautiful cities of Xiamen and Quanzhou.  They will also discuss options for DePaul students to complete the TESOL Certificate—a teaching credential recognized around the world—concurrently with their graduate work or after finishing an undergraduate degree.  For more information, see  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Suburban Campus Writing Groups: Update for Online Group

Writing Groups at the suburban campuses will begin this Saturday, January 18. Writing Groups are an opportunity for SNL students to give and receive feedback on their work. The groups are facilitated by a highly qualified UCWbL tutor, but the emphasis is on creating a collaborative learning environment rather than on individual tutoring sessions. Click here for more information on the Writing Groups. 

Update: An online Writing Group will also be offered this quarter. Detailed instructions are given below; you can also contact Edward Evins ( for more information. 

Suburban Campus Writing Groups - Winter Quarter 2014

Writing Group Facilitator: Marianne
Start date: 1-18-2014
Time: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Room: 119

Oak Forest
Writing Group Facilitator: Kevin
Start date: 1-18-2014
Time: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Room: TBD – Ask Receptionist

Writing Group Leader: Amanda
Start date: 1-18-2014
Time: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Room: 303

Online Writing Group
Writing Group Facilitator: Edward Evans
Start date: 1-18-2014
When: Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Online - Google Hangouts

1. To join the group, contact the Writing Group facilitator, Edward Evans, at Make sure to provide the facilitator with your name and email address.

2. Check your Inbox for an email from your facilitator. It will include an invite to join the videoconference session. 

3. Click on the URL (NOTE: this link will redirect you to Google+)

4. If you don't have a Google+ account, you will be asked to create one (NOTE: for time purposes, please skip all the additional steps while creating your account).

5. Once you're all set, a notification will pop up on your screen asking you to join the session created by your facilitator. Click "Join" and you'll be online with your facilitator and other participants. 

6. Once you're live, notice on the left side a list of things you can do during the videoconference. Screenshare will be particularly handy, as it will enable you to share with your facilitator your desktop and/or desired resources (websites, Word documents, etc.).

7. If you feel uncomfortable sharing your live picture, you can always disable your camera by clicking on the appropriate icon on the upper right bar. Please let your facilitator know about this prior to turning your camera off for the session.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Winter Quarter 2014 News & Reminders

Now that Chicago is recovering from the deep freeze and the quarter is underway, SNL Writing would like to pass on a few notes and reminders for Winter Quarter. 

UCWbL Relocating
The Lincoln Park UCWbL office is now located in the Schmitt Academic Center (SAC) at 2320 N. Kenmore, next to the Richardson Library. The online appointment scheduler will be available beginning January 10, and the center will open on January 13. The Loop office is still in 1600 Lewis (25 E. Jackson).

Beginning this quarter all WTC and WW students are asked to create their course portfolios using DigicationClick here to view the UCWbL's comprehensive how-to guide. All UCWbL tutors are trained in Digication, and both center locations are equipped with computers if you'd like to make an appointment to work on your portfolio.