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Academic English

The “academic” version of any language, including English, is not natural or native for most people. In some ways, “academic English” is its own language that students need to learn. Whether English is your second language or you’re more used to communicating informally through texting and social media, writing for class can be a difficult task.

The CSUSM Writing Center is here to help all students on campus gain greater fluency and comfort in this “unnatural” variety of English that is crucially important for success in college and in many professions. We recommend that students make a commitment to ongoing visits to our centers, for appointments and workshop attendance, throughout the semester.

All tutors can help you improve your writing, but you can also meet with the Academic English Language Specialist if you have concerns about academic English. Amanda has experience in the US and Japan helping students write academic papers in English. This experience includes help with grammar, word choice and vocabulary, and using and citing sources, just to name a few examples.

This summer, you can make an appointment with Amanda in the Writing Center from 4pm-6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays or 12pm-2pm on Wednesdays. Amanda is usually available for walk-in appointments from 12pm-5pm on Mondays and 10am-12pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Amanda by email at



We also provide writing workshops helpful for Academic English (You may not be familiar with the structures named here, but be confident that all workshop topics represent common problem areas for students):