"I Had to Discard Initial Assumptions": Equipping Writing Center Tutors With Expertise in Second Language Writing

Vicki Kennell, Purdue University


As writing center use by L2 writers increases, writing center directors face the need to help tutors work successfully with this population that has the same needs as native-English-speaking writers plus additional needs for language- and sentence-level help. Supported with data from an IRB-approved study and using examples from a case study of the Purdue Writing Lab, this presentation offers guidance on creating training to help equip tutors with L2 expertise.