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English Language Learners

If you are a non-native speaker of English, the Jacobson Center has a number of services to assist you. All services are free.

Individual Writing Conferences

The Jacobson Center is a place where you can bring any writing you are working on—not just papers—at any stage of the writing process and receive expert, professional advice from Writing Instructors on all aspects of the writing. Writing Instructors are not proofreaders or editors. Rather, they help you understand your writing patterns and teach you strategies for maximizing your strengths and addressing your weaknesses. Most conferences are half an hour in duration. You can schedule a writing conference at http://smith.mywconline.com.

English 118 ELL Sections

These small classes provide systematic instruction and practice in college-level expository writing and are specifically designed for students whose first language is not English.

Study Skills

The Jacobson Center offers workshops and individualized meetings in study skills and exam preparation. For more information about study skills see LINKS, The Study Skills Toolbox and/or contact Kelly Vogel at kvogel@smith.edu or call extension 3037.


The Jacobson Center offers peer-tutoring to help you get through challenging course material. For more information about tutoring, see Tutoring and Support Services and/or contact Kelly Vogel at kvogel@smith.edu or call extension 3037.

As a non-native speaker, remember the following:

If you have any questions about writing services for non-native speakers, contact Julio Alves, Director of the Jacobson Center, at jalves@smith.edu or call extension 3033.