Peer Tutors

Language Enhancement Programme

Peer Writing Tutoring Programme (Semester 1, 2017-2018)


Peer Tutors

1. Aim

Under the Peer Writing Tutoring Programme, peer tutors will be able to acquire effective tutoring skills and effective academic writing strategies. Through offering writing support to their fellow students, they will also learn to serve others and make a difference in a spirit of giving and friendship.



2. Eligible Applicants

Applicants should be highly proficient in English. Preference will be given to students who have obtained a Level 5 or above in HKDSE English Language (or equivalent) and performed well in University English courses.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interviews, and their ability to evaluate samples of students' work and give constructive feedback will be assessed.

In general, each peer tutor will work with one assigned tutee during the service period.



3. Training

A training workshop will be provided for peer tutors, who will be able to: 

  • learn more about different rhetorical strategies for effective academic writing; and
  • learn how to help their tutees meet the requirements of University English I (GCLA 1008) writing assignments. 



4. Consultation Sessions

  • Where
    Consultation sessions will be conducted in the Language Centre’s discussion rooms (i.e. OEM704, OEM705 and OEM706).
  • How Many
    The number of consultation sessions for each tutee will be determined by mutual agreement between the peer tutor and the tutee. Each peer tutor is expected to have at least three meetings with his or her tutee and each meeting will last approximately one hour.
  • What & How
    Each peer tutor will give his or her assigned tutee guidance at all stages of working on his or her University English I writing assignments, from pre-writing to revision. During each consultation session, the peer tutor will ask questions about the content, organization and language of his or her tutee’s assignments and offer suggestions on how to improve them.  
  • What is not offered
    This programme does not offer proofreading services. (However, the peer tutor may provide his or her tutee with guidance on how to edit his or her writings by identifying the pattern of errors.)



5. Evaluation

At the end of each consultation session, the peer tutor will be required to write a brief report on the tutee’s progress. At the end of the service period, the peer tutor will also be asked to complete a questionnaire.



6. Reference letters

This tutoring experience will be beneficial to those intending to pursue a career in teaching or communications. As a token of appreciation, reference letters will be given to the peer tutors who have performed their duties satisfactorily.



7. Application

To apply, click here to download the application form. Then complete and email it to by 22 September 2017.



8. Important Dates

22 September 2017 Deadline for application
25-28 September 2017 Interviews for peer tutors
28 September 2017 Announcement of interview results
29 September 2017 & 3 October 2017 Training workshops for peer tutors
4 October 2017 Announcement of the assignment of peer tutors and of arrangements for consultation sessions
6-12 October 2017 Consultation sessions for the first assignment (Annotated Bibliography)
13 October 2017 First assignment (Annotated Bibliography) due
16 October – 9 November 2017 Consultation Sessions for the second assignment (Argumentative Essay Draft)
10 November 2017 Second assignment (Argumentative Essay Draft) due
11 November – 1 December 2017 Consultation Sessions for the second assignment (Argumentative Essay Final Version)
4 December 2017 Second assignment (Argumentative Essay Final Version) due