Myths: Fact VS Fiction about the CAE and Tutoring

Myths and facts about the Centre for Academic English (CAE)
Myth Fact
The CAE is only for ESL students and struggling students. The CAE is for all students. Whether or not English is your first language, the goal of the CAE is to assist all students with writing, reading, speaking and listening skills. More advanced students can develop these skills and get valuable feedback, while less practiced students can learn fundamental techniques to gain more confidence.
The CAE is an editing service. The goal of the CAE is to help you develop your own writing and editing skills. We are not a proofreading service.
You should only bring papers from your English class to the CAE. Our tutors are trained language and writingeducators in the discipline of language and writing. They are here to work with you on your writing, regardless of discipline.
A tutor will see you only if your assignment is complete. Tutors are trained to help with all stages of writing. You do not need to bring a final product—sometimes it is actually better to come at an earlier stage.
A tutor will make revisions for you. Your paper will always be your own, which means that you—and not the tutor—must make the changes and revisions discussed in the session.
Tutors will do your homework. Tutors will help you with questions you have about your assignment. They can assist you to “break down” and work through the assignment with you.
The tutor will “teach” me the material I missed in class. Tutoring is not a substitute for a missed class. Students will come prepared to engage and participate in the session.

The real facts: The CAE teaches you to...

Develop your skills

  • Understanding an assignment.
  • Planning the writing process.
  • brainstorming ideas.
  • Developing a thesis
  • Structuring paragraphs.
  • Developing ideas with evidence, details and examples.
  • Using sources appropriately—quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing.
  • Using citation correctly.
  • Improving flow of sentences and paragraphs.
  • Spotting and fixing mistakes in grammar and punctuation.
  • Grammar practice.
  • Pronunciation/conversation/speaking practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is tutoring?

Tutoring means you’ll receive help with course material, study skills, time management, stress management, effective reading, note-taking, test-taking, referencing and understanding how to use a syllabus. The tutor works with you to address assignments and course material.

Who are the tutors at the Centre for Academic English?

Our tutors are TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Certified. This means that they’ve studied applied linguistics, second language learning, English for special purposes, ESL literacy, and English for academic purposes.

Who can use the services at the Centre for Academic English?

The services at the Centre for Academic English are available to all full and part-time students.

What can I expect from tutoring at the Centre for Academic English?

Our goal is to help you become a better writer and instruct you on how to learn. The centre’s tutors work with you to understand your assignments, find the direction and scope of your paper, identify grammar errors or structural problems and show you how to proofread and correct your work.

What should I not expect from the Centre?

The Centre’s tutors will not fix your errors, do your homework, comment on a professor or instructor or comment on or evaluate grades for a paper or assignment. Tutors do not edit papers. You’re responsible for their own work. The goal of the Centre is to help you improve as a writers, not to improve specific pieces of writing.

For more information, please email cae@centennialcollege.ca or call 416-289-5000, ext. 6150.