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Writing centers, Tutor training, ESL, L2 writers


Due to increases in international enrollment at Purdue, with resulting increases in international traffic in our writing center, I have spent a significant portion of time over the last 4 years developing an intensive training program to help our tutors gain the second language writing expertise they may lack when they first begin tutoring. This talk offers a behind-the-scenes look at the development process, including information about needs assessments, context constraints (such as funding and time), goals, topics, methods, and the creation of interactive training content. Although I offer specific examples of topics and some sample activities used in our training program, the primary focus is on how writing centers can develop materials that suit their particular set of circumstances.