Frequently Asked Questions

For Instructors

I’m not an English teacher! Will I have to teach grammar and punctuation?

One of the misconceptions that burdens both teachers and students is that good writing chiefly means absence of error. For many students, achieving such proficiency is a long-term project, a skill to be acquired through much practice in many courses, not “injected” once and for all in English comp courses. Content, organization, development come before editing and surface correctness. You may want to intervene once a student has something substantial on paper, but as a teacher in a discipline course, it is not your primary responsibility to teach grammar and punctuation.

How can I create a WI course?

Submitting a WI course requires meeting the requirements and deadlines.  If you would like to learn more about creating WI Courses, contact Dr.Linda Hirsch. Intensive assistance is provided, including one on one assistance with a Writing Fellow.

How can Writing Fellows help instructors?

Writing Fellows work with instructors to design syllabi and assignments for WI courses.  Further, Writing Fellows help in the implementation of assignments by assisting during class time.

How can Writing Fellows help students?

Writing Fellows can assist students who may be “sinking” in a class because of the writing requirement.  Writing Fellows can come to an instructors class or set up regular hours in order to meet with students.

For Students

How can students get help on their writing?

Students can go to the Writing Center for assistance in room C-350. They can also speak with their professor about getting assistance from a Writing Fellow.

How can a Writing Fellow help me?

Writing Fellows can help “sweeten” the writing process for you by helping organize your paper and help you with your grammar and syntax.

Why are we doing all this writing anyway?

You may not love writing, but you will love the benefits you get from being a better writer. Your ability to remember information for your exams, your ability to speak about the things you learn in class, and your ability to express yourself in the REAL WORLD all improve when you write about it!


For more information about WAC at Hostos Community College, please contact either Linda Hirsch ( or Sean Gerrity (, or send us a message using the form below.


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