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Check our COVID-19 Guide for updates on Library services and resources.

Study Help and Tutoring

ESL Tutoring

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this service is now offered virtually.

ESL Tutoring will be offered by video conference or virtual chat (using Microsoft Teams).  Appointments times will be posted on a weekly basis. 

To book an appointment, click "Schedule appointment."

Before your appointment:
  • Email your work to the ESL Tutor at jodi.clovechok@rdc.ab.ca. The work will not be reviewed outside of the appointment, but will be discussed during your appointment.
  • Students will receive a link to join the virtual Teams meeting at the pre-arranged time. Don’t have Microsoft Teams? That’s OK! You can use Teams on the web OR via the Teams app (you'll be prompted to download it when you click on the link).

This quick transition to online learning is new to us all; let’s learn together. For tips on how to succeed as an online learner, check out some Online Learning Strategies prepared by our Learning Skills Strategist.

Please visit our English as a Second Language subject guide for ESL resources available through RDC Library.

For up-to-date information about Red Deer College Library services, resources, and spaces during the COVID-19 Pandemic, visit: RDC Library during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Policies for Online ESL Tutoring

Student work will not be reviewed outside of tutoring appointments.

If you have difficulty booking an appointment, please email the ESL Tutor at jodi.clovechok@rdc.ab.ca.

We expect demand for writing help to be high. Please be patient and account for possible delays when planning around your assignment due dates.

Students can access our services a maximum of once per day and twice per week. Please cancel any appointments you no longer need by using the cancellation link in the appointment confirmation email, or by emailing jodi.clovechok@rdc.ab.ca.

If you no-show to a virtual appointment, you will have to meet via videoconference with the ESL Tutor or the Academic Support Coordinator before receiving any more tutoring.

If your appointment is delayed or we are unable to meet because of technical issues, you will be given priority when re-booking.


What Happens in an ESL Tutoring Session?

An ESL tutoring session at Red Deer College is a one-to-one session with our ESL Tutor. Referrals are not required.

Sessions are generally 45-60 minutes in length. During the session, you will discuss your needs and learn how to develop your skills in order to reach your goals. At the end of your session, you may decide to visit the ESL Tutor again or you may be connected with another resource at RDC.

The ESL Tutor focuses on building academic language proficiency for English language learners. Sessions may include a mix of grammar instruction, vocabulary development, and conversation/pronunciation. Students may receive support with course work including reading course material, determining what an assignment is asking, planning and writing an outline, revising and editing assignments, and preparing for presentations.

What is Plagiarism (And How to Avoid It)

Plagiarism occurs when you take another person’s words or ideas and claim them as your own.

The most common forms of plagiarism are:

  • copying or paraphrasing another author’s work without proper acknowledgement
  • using the ideas or lines of reasoning of another author’s work without proper acknowledgement
  • submitting work that someone else has written or substantially edited
  • submitting the same work for multiple courses without approval

List from RDC Student Misconduct: Academic and Non-Academic policy

Plagiarism has severe consequences, including failure, suspension, and expulsion. In college courses, you are expected to document your sources properly and consistently.

The best way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your sources. Commonly used citation styles include APA, MLA, and Chicago.

To learn more, see the RDC Library’s Academic Integrity guide.

Faculty: Refer a Student

If you feel a student would benefit from the help of the ESL Tutor, direct the student to book an appointment.  
 
The ESL Tutor can help with:
  • support with course work including reading course material, determining what an assignment is asking, planning and writing an outline, revising and editing assignments, and preparing for presentations.
  • general grammar instruction, vocabulary development, and conversation/pronunciation