Working with Multilingual/ESL Writers

The Writing and Rhetoric Program is available to support faculty in their work with multilingual writers. Below are FAQ's and handouts for faculty that provide guidance on teaching and assessing the writing with non-native speakers of English.

Frequently asked questions:

How can I set up my course to be inclusive of multilingual/ESL writers?

How can I most effectively address issues of clarity, language and/or mechanics?

What other forms of support are available for students? 

Handouts for faculty

"Quick reference guide" (one page) with teaching suggestions

Handout from faculty workshop

Handouts for students

Academic Reading Strategies (3 pg handout)

Academic Speaking: Class Discussion and Presentations

Academic English Vocabulary: Top 60 Words

*Also see CTLR Learning Resources

For more information about these handouts, or about supporting multilingual/ESL writers, please contact Associate Professor of Writing and Linguistics, Shawna Shapiro (

For individual support for multilingual or international students, please contact Professor Shapiro or Associate Professsor of Writing, Hector J. Vila (

(NOTE: Appointments with writing tutors--in person or remote--can be reserved online or by contacting CTLR)


Writing and Rhetoric Program

Catharine Wright, Director
Chellis House, 201

Tiffany Wilbur, Coordinator
Mahaney Arts Center, 202