Is there someone available to proofread student work?

CTLR has professional and peer tutors who work with students on improving the clarity of work, but do not do line editing for students.  Our aim is not to "fix" or "perfect" student writing, but to help students become better editors of their own work.  To accomplish this, we use strategies such as...

I received an assignment that needs significant work on grammar/language use. How can I help? How can CTLR help as well?

The best way to support multilingual/ESL students with grammar/language concerns is to develop a support model that includes yourself, your peer mentor (if applicable), and other CTLR tutors.

The first step is to talk with the student(s) to learn more about what challenges were faced on the assignment.  Did they understand the assignment (and/or the course readings it references)?  Did they know what they wanted to say?  Did they allocate enough time for completing and reviewing the assignment?

How can I best support multilingual/ESL writers in the writing process?

There are many ways that you can help multilingual/ESL students (indeed, all students!) to grow as writers.


 Myths about College ESL

This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education discusses some of the often-held beliefs about ESL students and classes. It is an important read for those interested in knowing more about working with Multilingual/ESL students at Middlebury.

 Favorite Games

This handout lists Shawna Shapiro's favorite language-based games. Games like these offer an engaging way to review and gauge student learning, in preparation for more formal assessment. This list is particularly relevant to those teaching terminology, vocabulary, and other discrete knowledge from within their disciplines.