Kennell, Vicki R., "Writes Well with Others: Developing L2 Expertise in Writing Center Tutors" (2019). Purdue Writing Lab/Purdue OWL Creative Materials. Paper 1.
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Writing centers, tutor training, multilingual writers, ESL writers, L2 writers
Written as a manual to help writing center directors develop multilingual training for their tutors, this document uses the case study of a locally-developed comprehensive L2 tutor training program to clarify administrative and practical concerns of program development and to offer material that can be used in such a training program. The introduction explores in detail the need for L2 training, clarifies variations between writers and between cohorts of tutors, examines the disconnects that can exist between theory and practice, and explains some of the theoretical conflicts that exist between writing center pedagogy and second language pedagogy. Subsequent sections discuss administrative concerns of developing training (e.g., methods, criteria, evaluation, sustainability), offer detailed explanations of hands-on training activities, and provide a topical resource bibliography.