The changing demographics of universities have resulted in changing demographics among writing center clientele; however, tutors are often underprepared to meet the language needs of students writing in a second language. Although many agree that ESL-specific training for tutors is needed, little has been written to describe that training. This paper explores the issues related to ESL training and details the intensive ESL-specific training for tutors conducted in the Purdue Writing Lab during the spring of 2013.


Originally published: Kennell, Vicki R. “ESL Training for Writing Center Tutors” Academic Exchange Quarterly, Vol. 18, Issue 1. 2014.

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