Language Arts Centers
Communication Studies Center
The Communication Studies Center offers resources for students enrolled in Communication Studies courses. Students receive assistance in topic selection and development, outlining, delivery, and critiquing of presentations. Video recording and playback of speeches are available for students. For more hours and location information, visit the Communication Studies Center webpage (College Center Building 10, Learning Center, Room 220; (650) 574-6257).
When using the Communication Studies Center, students will:
- Have knowledge of the Communication Studies Center resources, including how to access them.
- Be able to rehearse and deliver effective dyadic, small group, or one-to-many oral presentations.
- Be able to view and evaluate recordings of dyadic, small group, or one-to-many oral presentations.
- Be able to demonstrate mastery of course concepts through completion of lab modules.
The ESL Center offers individualized instruction for multilingual students who are interested in improving their writing, listening and speaking, and reading skills. Individual and small-group instruction address students' specific needs, while a variety of resources (books and other print materials as well as computer programs) provide opportunities for language practice. The ESL Center also offers Peer Tutoring and is available as a general study space for multilingual students. For more information, visit the ESL Center webpage (North Hall Building 18, Room 101; (650) 674-6437).
When using the Reading and ESL Center, students should:
- Have knowledge of the Reading and ESL Center resources, including how to access them.
- Be able to demonstrate improvement in listening, speaking, reading, and/or writing skills.
The Writing Center offers diagnosis in writing skills; tutorial instruction in grammar, sentence structure, and essay composition; tutorial assistance in composing papers for a CSM class; and assistance in completing assignments from any CSM English composition class. For more information, visit the Writing Center website (North Hall Building 18, Room 104; (650) 574-6436).
When using the Writing Center, students should:
- Have knowledge of the Writing Center's resources, including how to access them.
- Demonstrate mastery of specific writing skills after completion of tutorials.
- Be able to identify, understand, and incorporate the writing skills that they need to work on after completing conferences with faculty.
- Acquire a greater understanding and control of their writing process.