Odegaard Writing and Research Center

Targeted Learning Communities

Are you taking a reading- or writing-intensive class? Is English your second, third, or fourth language? Then consider joining the Targeted Learning Communities (TLC) program.

On hiatus for summer! Check back in September for Autumn Quarter details.

What is TLC?

The TLC program aims to support international and multilingual students as they navigate American classrooms and cultures. The program enables small groups of students to meet weekly for an hour with OWRC tutors. Together, they work to decode academic and cultural norms, practice language acquisition, and develop collaboration skills. 

TLCs can cover many topics, including:

  • Reading difficult course texts
  • Participating in class discussions and activities
  • Understanding assignments/feedback
  • Interpreting classroom and cultural norms
  • Finding other resources and support services
  • Working collaboratively with instructors and peers


The official TLC schedule starts from the week of April 12th to May 24th (7 weeks), but groups may start earlier depending on how quickly they fill up and can continue meeting the first week of June if they so desire. In response to COVID-19, all weekly meetings will be held over Zoom.

Spring 2021 Group Meeting Times


  • Gio and Fernanda’s group: Friday’s 12:30-1:30
  • Ashika’s group: Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm


  • Brodie’s group: Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm
  • Emily’s group: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30
  • Safiya’s group: Wednesdays 2:30-3:20pm

Joining TLC

  • Fill out this sign-up form by Saturday April 17th! **If you are signing up after the deadline, you will receive an email from your tutor-facilitators before their next meeting time about how that could look.
  • Expect a welcome email from your peer facilitators soon after the deadline with a Zoom link for your weekly meetings.

GEN ST 391 credit not available this quarter
We apologize for any inconvenience! 


If you have any questions about TLCs or forming a group, please contact the TLC coordinator, Sarvin, at sarvinm@uw.edu.

We look forward to working with you!

NEW Spring 2021 Workshops

The online workshop program aims to support multilingual and international students by strengthening foundational writing, reading and speaking skills through applicable exercises. It is designed to offer an environment where students are provided with the necessary building blocks to become confident and independent writers capable of producing quality work. 

The Workshop program will cover many topics, including: 

  • academic cultural norms
  • working collaboratively with instructors and peers
  • participating in class discussions and activities

Zoom links will be sent close to the date of the workshop; sign up here.

Next Workshop 

Sunday, April 18 at 1pm

Writing in Intro Courses: We will engage with three predominant genres explored in introductory writing courses. Additionally, we will familiarize ourselves with English writing conventions and the structure of academic essays.