Students whose first language is not English (ESL) develop their English and writing abilities throughout their undergraduate careers. At the point of entry into University seminars, ESL writers have received targeted instruction in academic writing, but may still be developing their fluency in spoken and/or written English.

SAGES seminar faculty can support their students’ language acquisition in a number of ways:

  • Make slight adjustments to your pedagogy (e.g., assign readings early, provide guiding questions for discussions) – these changes often benefit native speakers with diverse learning needs as well as non-native speakers.
  • If you believe that any of your ESL students may need additional structured coaching to succeed in your course, please encourage them to enroll concurrently in ENGL 183: Academic Writing Studio (a 1-credit course designed to support ESL writers as they transition into University Seminars).
  • Your writing instructor and/or Writing Resource Center consultants may provide additional, targeted instruction individually or in workshops for ESL students.

For more information, see: Working with ESL Writers (2016)

To discuss any specific student concerns, please contact:

Gusztav Demeter, Ph.D.
Interim Coordinator of ESL Writing