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Tips for Working with ESL Writers

English as a Second Language (ESL) writers are an integral part of the SVSU campus, adding their various cultures, experiences, and backgrounds to our student population.  To assist these students in the classroom, faculty are encouraged to consider ways to engage and support these students. 

If you find a ESL writer in your course that you believe could use additional help with their writing skills, feel free to refer that student to the Writing Center and/or the ELP Tutoring Lab (see below).


  • The Writing Center (best for help with brainstorming topics, organizing ideas, developing and supporting ideas, and learning about different types of citation and format).
  • The ELP Tutoring Lab (best for help with language aquisition, recognizing/correcting pattern errors, reading strategies, and communication skills.)   The ELP Tutoring Lab is located in Wickes 278, and staffed by staffed by ESL faculty Mondays - Thursdays, with specific hours posted each semester on the door.  For more information, call (989) 964-4473.
  • Keys for Writers, 6th ed. by Ann Raimes.  (the SVSU First Year Writing textbook): Part 9:  “Writing across Cultures” 

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