Virtual Tutor Lab, Writing Center & Conversation Hours

Information about resources for students of Spanish and Portuguese.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies offers a free tutoring service to all students enrolled in 1xxx-level language courses. The service includes various time options to support your Spanish learning needs.

Our Tutor Lab is Virtual drop-in hours only, no reservations are needed. Bring questions from your homework assignments or about what you’re learning in class, and a Spanish instructor will help you find answers. During Tutor lab drop-in hours, go to our Zoom Drop-In Hours and enter the waiting room or select the specific Tutor Lab hour below, which is hyperlinked to the drop-in hours.

Spring 2022 Virtual Tutor Lab Schedule

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

9:00-10:00 Drop Ins Drop Ins    

10:00-11:00

 

Drop Ins (10:30-11:30)

Drop Ins

Drop In’s PORT (10:15-11:15)

11:00-12:00

Drop In’s PORT

 

Drop Ins

Drop In’s PORT (11:15-12:15)

12:00-1:00

Drop Ins

 

 

Drop Ins (12:30-1:30)

1:00-2:00

 

     

2:00-3:00

Drop Ins Drop Ins (2:30-3:30)   Drop Ins

3:00-4:00

   

 

Drop Ins

4:00-5:00

 

 

Drop Ins

 

5:00-6:00   Drop In’s    

The Tutor Lab is available starting Monday September 20 to Thursday December 16, 2021.

During Tutor lab drop-in hours, go to the Zoom Drop In Hours and enter the waiting room.  An instructor will meet with students in order of how they entered the waiting room.

If you have any additional questions, please contact spanport@umn.edu.

Guidelines for Walk-in Tutoring Hours (Not applicable for Fall 2021)

Only Spanish assignments can be printed in the tutor lab and students must pay for their printed work. The only payment method accepted is Gopher Gold. Due to the automated system, if you do not have your card, it is impossible to print.

Homework

  • Remember that it is very important for you to rely on both your textbooks and your instructors. Tutors may help you find ways to make the most of your textbooks and your instructors.
  • Before you visit the lab, first use your textbooks, then the dictionary and other resource materials to answer your own questions. Tutors may help you with the relevant sections in your assignments.

Essays

Since each course has separate guidelines, please identify your essay task or clarify your assignment when you work with a tutor.

Tutors will guide you to reformulate your own text or perform your own grammar corrections.

You, rather than the tutor, must author the essay text. This means that tutors will limit their assistance to suggestions that guide you in writing and help you use level-appropriate language, rather than correcting each individual error in an essay.

Tutors do

  • Help students discover the questions they need to ask to complete their assignments.
  • Guide students in isolating areas that need work on exercises and essays.
  • Show students how to find the information to complete assignments, starting first with their textbooks.
  • Help students learn to use the target language.

Tutors don't

  • Spend more than approximately 20 minutes with a single student. Students can hire tutors for longer sessions on our tutor and translator list page. Students are encouraged to return for follow-up questions once they have had time to absorb the material.
  • Walk students through entire homework assignments.
  • Proofread anything.
  • Spend time dispensing genders and verb conjugations.

    Writing Center
    217B Folwell Hall
    9 Pleasant St. SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    spwrite@umn.edu

    Coordinator
    Carol Klee
    klee@umn.edu

    Online Appointment Hours
    Spring 2022 (Online Only)

    Monday [starting 1/31/22] 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Tuesday [starting 2/1/22] 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Wednesday [starting 2/2/22] 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Appointment Calendar

    Helpful Writing Resources

    Update:  The Writing Center hours will be offered via online mode only for Spring 2022 Semester. Please see appointment hours above. If you have any additional questions, please contact spwrite@umn.edu or spanport@umn.edu

    The Spanish Writing Center is dedicated to helping Spanish students become better communicators by engaging students in the process of crafting a written essay. The center's objective is to empower students with strategies for writing in Spanish through a process of organizing, drafting, and revising their analytical ideas. We aspire to unite students who desire to be proficient and creative writers in a community with instructors and faculty.

    We serve the analytical and critical needs of students in upper-division (3xxx-level) composition, literature, culture, and linguistic classes helping them to overcome some of the difficulties of writing in a second language.

    Writing Center Activities

    Check the Spanish and Portuguese department Facebook for events, and times and locations of the writing center's activities each semester. Announcements will also be sent via the Advising Listserv.

    How to make an appointment

    Please note- YOU MUST EMAIL YOUR PAPER TO spwrite@umn.edu AT LEAST 24 HS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT with the required information in the google appointment slot. 

    • INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENT:  Schedule an appointment by visiting the Writing Center or scheduling your appointment through Writing Center’s Google calendar. Sessions are limited to 40 minutes (or up to 50 minutes for senior seminar students).
    • ONLINE CONSULTATION:  Schedule an appointment through the Writing Center’s Google calendar for online consultation.  Then send your paper to spwrite@umn.edu the Wednesday (if possible) before your Friday consultation.  In your e-mail, please include the course information, your college (CLA, CEHD, etc.), whether you are a Spanish major or minor, a description of the assignment, and a full explanation of what you want the consultant to help you with. 
    • WALK-INS: Stop by the Writing Center in 217B without an appointment (see schedule above).  Sessions are limited to 20 minutes. (Not Applicable for Spring 2022 Semester).

    Spring 2022 Schedule - The Writing Center will be open starting Monday, January 31st.  The last day of appointments will be Monday, May 2nd, 2022.

    What We Can Do

    • Read part of the paper depending on your needs, goals, or the time available.
    • Discuss what works and what doesn't work in the paper.
    • Explain grammar depending on your needs.
    • Help you discover the questions you need to ask in order to complete your assignment.

    What We Are Unable to Do

    • Write the paper for you
    • Tweak a particular document to perfection
    • Edit or correct mechanical glitches. 
    • Work on papers that are not part of your course assignments

    What to Bring to a Consultation

    • A concrete sense of the assignment.  What does the professor expect?  A copy of the assignment would be very helpful.
    • A copy of your paper. What stage of writing are you in?
    • Your own goals for the consultation. What kind of help do you really want?
    • Specific questions for the Writing Consultant. What aspects or sections of your paper need attention?

    What to Expect

    • We will talk with you about the objectives of your essay and how you might more successfully fulfill those objectives. The process of becoming a better writer is not achieved through writing consultants simply correcting your errors. We will point out general problem areas in grammar, structure, and development as well as providing strategies for proofreading more effectively. You will practice skills that will improve your long-term writing ability
    • Expect us to ask you to identify areas that have been most troublesome in reaching your writing goals and what you hope to accomplish with your writing consultation. Asking questions to get you to think about your paper may be more rewarding that reviewing each line that you have already written
    • We may read all or only part of your paper, depending your needs, goals, and the time available

    The Spanish Writing Center is staffed by advanced graduate assistants and with experience teaching upper level Spanish courses and a strong dedication to the undergraduate education program.

    The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies offers a free Conversation Hour Service to all students enrolled in 1xxx and 3xxx-level Spanish courses. You will be registering with up to four other students and one instructor. There is no homework needed to attend, but we do ask that students go to the Conversation hour Session with at least two questions that they are planning to ask other students in the session, or a topic they would like to further discuss.

    Conversation hours are level-specific. If you are registered for a 1xxx level Spanish course, please register for a 1xxx level Conversation Hour. If you are registered for a 3xxx level Spanish course, please register for a 3xxx level Conversation Hour. Conversation hours will be clearly labeled so you can register for the appropriate level section. 

    If you are interested in registering for conversation hours, please do so at our Calendar page. Please take a look at the week you are registering for, on the top left-hand side. You will need to register for an appointment slot in order to attend. 

    Conversation Hours are available starting Monday, January 31st, to Thursday, April 28th, 2022. 

    Spring 2022 Virtual Conversation Hour Schedule

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    9:00-10:00

     

    1xxx Level Conversation    

    10:00-11:00

    1xxx Level Conversation 

    1xxx Level Conversation

    1xxx Level Conversation (10:10-11:10)

    3xxx Level Conversation

    11:00-12:00

    1xxx Level PORT Conversation 

    3xxx Level Conversation 

     

     

    12:00-1:00

    3xxx Level Conversation (12:30-1:30)

      3xxx Level Conversation 1xxx Level Conversation 

    1:00-2:00

    1xxx Level  Conversation (1:30-2:30)

    3xxx Level Conversation (1:15-2:15)

     

    3xxx Level Conversation (1:15-2:15)

    2:00-3:00

     

     

     

    3:00-4:00

        3xxx Level Conversation (3:30-4:30)  

    4:00-5:00

       

    3xxx Level Conversation (4:30-5:30)

     

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding conversation hours, please contact Megan DeLaCruz, the undergraduate assistant with the Spanish and Portuguese studies department at spanport@umn.edu.

    Portuguese speakers and learners at all skill levels are welcome, and feel free to join even if you’ve never spoken Portuguese before or even if you’ve spoken it for years. The bate-papo is informal, and you can feel free to drop in for just a portion of the 45 minutes. This event is hosted by Sophia Beal and is open to the entire UMN community.

    Fridays, 12-1p
    Join Zoom Meeting 
    Meeting ID: 979 8394 6559
    Passcode: SCu8V2