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

  • Be very explicit about expectations and grading criteria for assignments. Take time to discuss key terms and disciplinary language that are used in assignment prompts and handouts. Give students time to ’digest’ and clarify what you are asking for. Remember that many of your assumptions about students who have grown up in the U.S. may not apply to international or immigrant students. For example, many multilingual/ESL students did not practice argumentation via  the five-paragraph essay. They also may not recognize colloquial vs.