Teaching Multilingual Writers

Some Guidelines for Respecting Language Diversity in Writing

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L&S Program in Writing Across the Curriculum
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A framework and some resources for understanding the rich variety of dialects and languages students bring to the classroom.

UW students bring a rich variety of dialects and languages to the classroom, giving instructors who use writing in their classes a unique opportunity to build on students’ linguistic resources. Unfortunately, it is easy for instructors to value the language of some groups more than others.

Some Concrete Tips for Working with Multilingual Writers

· Think carefully about unspoken assumptions about successful writing in your course and try to make your expectations as explicit as possible.

 

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