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.
Academic Speaking: Class Discussions and Presentations
Peer Writing Tutors: ESL Training
Myths about College ESL
Academic Reading Worksheet
Academic Reading Strategies (3 pg handout)
What Can You Do with a Course Textbook?
Supporting Multilingual/ESL Students in the Classroom
This page is still under construction.
If you have requests or additions for this page, please contact Shawna Shapiro.
The Center is committed to supporting students who are non-native speakers of English. Peer tutors are given training and resources for working with these students. In addition, the Center’s ESL specialist, Shawna Shapiro, offers courses, workshops, and faculty development opportunities.