University of Vermont

Writing in the Disciplines Program

Resources for Teaching ELLs

Resources for Teaching English Language Learners

Writing Across Borders

"Writing Across Borders is a film for anyone who works with international students in a writing environment. Its purpose is not to provide easy answers but rather to consider day-to-day practices in new ways. Through interviews with students and professionals in the field, the film encourages us to ask the following questions: How does culture play out in writing, and how are our expectations shaped by cultural preferences? How do we assess international student writing when we have to grade it alongside the writing of native speakers? And how can we think about surface errors in a fair and constructive manner? What kinds of teaching and testing practices disadvantage international students and which help them improve as writers?"
~ Wayne Robertson, Oregon State University (http://

Link to the Writing Across Borders film

Link to the Writing Across Borders film transcript

Tip Sheet

Responding to Multilingual Student Writers

Writing in the Disciplines • 302 Bailey/Howe Library • Burlington, VT 05405

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