Central Michigan University students enrolled in Spanish classes now have an extra service available to them.
The new Spanish writing center, located in 323 Pearce Hall, opened to students in late September. Run by graduate assistants, the center aims at assisting students with any issues they have in their classes.
“This center is designed to help students improve their interpreting and writing in the Spanish language,” said graduate assistant Alejandro Vales, who helped create the center.
The center’s hours vary throughout the week, but one-on-one appointments can be easily scheduled through the graduate assistants.
“I am from Spain, and we are the first graduate assistants from a foreign country,” Vales said. ”I think that gives us an advantage and great opportunity for the students to learn from. Being extremely fluent in the language allows us to help students greatly with their writing skills.”
The GAs aim to encourage students to study Spanish as a second language. They want to give students an interactive way to learn material outside the classroom.
“We really want them to learn Spanish as a second language as best as they can, especially when it can be very hard,” Vales said.
In addition to helping students, the graduate assistants document their experiences. They take note of how the students learn, what they struggle with and the techniques that work best for them.
“Besides helping students, we are also doing something very cool for ourselves,” Vales said. “We are actually doing research and writing a paper based off of our experiences working with the Spanish students. We are focusing mainly on how students learn and what techniques work best for them. We are also using a variety of linguistic aspects when it comes to helping the students.”
Midland junior Katie Hall walked out of the center with a look of relief on her face. She said she was glad she went because of the help she received.
“The Spanish writing center is very helpful for my writing,” Hall said. “I went because my teacher assigned us to use the center, but I’m glad I went, it helped me out a lot.”