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Writing Center Labs

Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Eng 100L Eng 100L Online Eng 153
Eng 502L ESL 200L-204L ESL 502


This page provides a brief description of the writing labs offered at the Cabrillo College Writing Center. For more information, please ask a Writing Center tutor.


Online Writing Laboratory (OWL)

The Cabrillo College Online Writing Lab provides tutoring for Cabrillo students currently enrolled in at least one online class. OWL tutors do not correct or edit papers. They offer suggestions for revisions and ask questions about any areas of a paper that seem confusing. It is the responsibility of the writer to decide how to use the suggestions to revise an essay.

Please see the OWL page for more information.

English 100L - Writing Laboratory

This 1-unit CR/NC lab is required of all students taking English 100, but it may also be taken by individuals who want to improve their writing at the sentence level. Students meet in small groups once each week for an hour and a half to discuss various rules and issues in "standard" English grammar and style. This course may be taken 3 times.

English 100L - Online

The Writing Center also offers a self-directed online version of English 100L. Students need access to the Internet and will access Blackboard (Learning Management System) for this lab. You must register for the lab via WebAdvisor and attend an orientation to Blackboard offered at the beginning of each term. Assignments are due on a pre-scheduled basis. Students read lessons and submit scored assessments online.

English 153 - Spelling Laboratory - Online

The online spelling lab is offered at the beginning of each term. Students need access to the Internet and will access Blackboard (Learning Management System) for this lab. You must register for the lab via WebAdvisor and attend an orientation to Blackboard offered at the beginning of each term. Assignments are due on a pre-scheduled basis. Students read lessons and submit scored assessments online. This course may be taken twice.

English 502L

This no-credit no-fee lab provides one-on-one tutoring to Cabrillo students.

Students may discuss with a tutor choosing a topic, developing details, organizing a paper, or writing introductions or conclusions. If tutors notice a pattern of grammatical error, they will help the student learn to recognize and correct the problem.

Tutors do not correct papers. They offer suggestions for revisions; the writers decide which suggestions to use in rewriting their essays.

Students enrolled in English 502 may use the computers in the Writing Center in support of the writing process. They may use Microsoft Word to type and revise papers or the Internet toresearch an academic writing project.

ESL 200L-204L - Individualized Tutoring for ESL Students

This CR/NC lab may be taken for 1/2 or 1 unit. Students in this lab will develop their writing skills by working one-on-one with ESL lab tutors. Tutorial help is provided for assignments in ESL classes, assignments in other courses where writing is required, or independent writing projects. Students may use word processors to type and revise papers or to do Internet research for a writing project. Computer programs are available to practice pronunciation, increase vocabulary, and study grammar issues. Audio tapes are available to practice pronunciation. Videos provide an opportunity to practice listening comprehension and explore cultural issues.

1/2 unit requires 1 hour 30 minutes each week for a total of 24 hours for the semester.

1 unit requires 3 hours 10 minutes each week for a total of 50 hours 40 per semester.

To receive credit during Summer Session, students need to complete the required hours within 6 weeks. Students should try to complete at least 4 hours 20 minutes per week for 1/2 unit. For more information, please see the schedule of classes or contact the Writing Center.

ESL 502 - Individualized Tutoring

Any Cabrillo student whose first language is not English may come to the Writing Center ESL lab for tutoring. ESL 502 is a "not for credit" lab that does not cost any money. ESL 502 students may visit the 502 Center once or as many times as necessary throughout the semester.

Individual tutoring sessions are generally limited to 1/2 hour. Students may discuss any writing project with a tutor; the writing does not have to be a class assignment. We ask students to bring assignments or other written directions for the project to guide the tutoring session.

Any ESL 502 student may use ESL lab computers to work on writing projects. Students may use the Internet for online research for their writing projects or to explore various grammar or writing sites. Printing costs 10 cents per page. For more information about tutoring, please see the Writing Center page on tutoring at tutoring.html

Note: students who work in the ESL lab regularly may choose to enroll in ESL 200L, 201L, 202L, 203L or 204L for 1/2 unit (24 hours minimum per semester) or 1 unit (50 hours 40 minutes minimum per semester).

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