Research Question

What are the expectations of ESL students using the UWC? And how can we help them make best use of our services?


This inquiry project addresses how the writing center can address the increasing number of multilingual students enrolled at UCF while maintaining its role as a writing center and not a language center. The presentation explains the importance of a linguistic approach to understanding and explaining English and grammar during a consultation.


Suggests incorporating ESL specialists into the writing center. Also, tutor training could give consultants insight into helping multilingual students. Provides a guide from the Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies.



The presentation offers concrete tips on speaking with NNES writers and explains what it means to respond thoughtfully during a consultation.

Other Files

Guide for Tutoring from the Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies


Hall, John. “The Impact of Rising International Student Usage of Writing Centers.” The Writing Lab Newsletter 38.1-

2 (2013): 5–9. Print.

Harris, Muriel and Tony Silva. “Tutoring ESL Students: Issues and Options.” College Composition and Communication. 44-4 (1993):525-537.


Genzuk, Michael. “Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) for Language Minority students.” Center for Multilingual,

Multicultural Research Digital Papers Series. (2011). Retrieved 2/13/14

Rafoth, Ben. “English for Those Who (Think They) Already Know it. ESL Writer: A Guide for Writng Center Tutors. 2nd ed. Shanti Bruce and

Ben Rafoth. New Hampshire: Boynton/Cook Publishers, Inc, 2009. 208-216. Print. international-students-20130925_1_international-students-successful-