Teaching ESL/Multilingual Writers

“Meeting the Needs of Linguistically Diverse Students at the College Level”
Christa de Kleine, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Rachele Lawton, The Community College of Boston

In this white paper, Kleine and Lawton outline challenges of linguistically diverse college students and provide strategies for supporting these students. Overall, they suggest (1) increasing linguistic awareness at the institutional level, (2) avoiding deficit views of language variation, (3) working to place linguistically diverse students in the courses most appropriate to their language and credit needs. They conclude with a list of practical supports.