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.


For Faculty, Staff, and Peer Tutors
Supporting Multilingual/ESL Students in the Classroom
Supporting Multilingual/ESL Students in the Classroom (short version)

Longer version of above handout--more writing/grammar focused

Myths about College ESL
Myths about College ESL
 (from Chronicle of Higher Ed)

 ESL Training
Peer Writing Tutors: ESL Training Handout

Favorite Games
Favorite Classroom Games
What Can You Do with a Course Textbook?What Can You Do with a Course Textbook?  

*Also see other CTLR Teaching Resources

If you have requests or additions for this page, please contact Hector Vila.

Multilingual and ESL Support

The Writing Center and CTLR are committed to supporting students who are non-native speakers of English. Peer writing tutors are given training and resources for working specifically with ESL students. 

Although Middlebury does not have an intensive English acquisition or ESL program, it does offer language support in a number of ways: The Writing Program offers a First-Year Seminar and Writing Workshop courses (WRPR 0100 & WRPR 0101). In addition, the Writing Center, located in CTLR, offers optional workshops in reading, writing, and speaking, as well as individual sessions with peer tutors and writing faculty. CTLR also collaborates with staff and faculty across the campus to support students within their programs of study.

Engaging in Class DiscussionAcademic Speaking: Class Discussion and Presentations
 Top 60 WordsAcademic English Vocabulary: Top 60 Words

*Also see CTLR Learning Resources

For individual Multilingual Student Support in fall, 2015, please contact Professor of Writing, Hector J. Vila, PhD ( In winter and spring 2016, you may also contact the Writing Program's multi lingual specialist Shawna Shapiro (

(Appointments with professional writing tutors can be made online or by contacting CTLR)