Svetlana Suchkova is an associate professor, teacher trainer, and materials developer. Currently, she directs the Academic Writing Center at the Higher School of Economics (HSE University), Moscow. She holds a Ph.D. degree in philology. She authored and co-authored a number of EFL course books for Russian university students and researchers, among them English for Academics series (CUP, 2014, 2015) and How to Write a Research Article (Nauka, 2020). She has participated at numerous national and international conferences with presentations and workshops, used to edit Scopus-indexed The Journal of AsiaTEFL. Her areas of expertise are academic writing, writing for research and publication purposes, public speaking, and teacher training.

Round-table discussion

The Role of Writing Centers in Developing Academic Literacy

Date – Fri, November 17, 2023
Time -17:00 Moscow time
Participants: Elena Bazanova, Ron Martinez, Irina Korotkina, Andressa C. Molinari, Valeria Evdash, Evgenia Khabirova, Inga Zashikhina, Yulia Ryabukhina, Natalia Popova
Moderator – Svetlana Suchkova

The round-table discussion aims to provide a space for sharing best practices of assisting non-native writers in their academic writing endeavors. We have invited writing center directors and staff to discuss common challenges and possible solutions for the issues arising at educational, institutional, regional, and global levels.

The questions for the discussion are:
· What role do writing centers play at the university/community? What helps them to maintain/sustain their activities? How have the policies changed now, if they have?
· How can we measure the impact and effectiveness of the writing center's programs and services? What best practices are worth sharing with global writing center folks?
· What challenges do centers experience, and how do they cope with them?
· What major challenges do writing centers’ clients face? What requests do they voice, and how do the centers cater to those requests?
· How do we envision potential global collaboration between centers?

If you join the discussion, you will learn about a variety of services the centers offer, listen to unique success stories and case studies that highlight positive outcomes of the centers’ work, and ask questions that interest you. Mark the event in your calendars.