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Undergraduate Writing Center

Undergraduate Writing Center: Multilingual Writing Resources

Resources for Multilingual Writers

Is English a second, third, or fourth language for you? Do you have questions about a paper you're writing? Want feedback on a draft? The Writing Center tutors are here to help you with any writing project, at any point in the writing process.

We have more than 50 tutors, majoring in a variety of subjects across the disciplines. All writing center tutors receive preparation and practice in supporting multilingual writers. And all of our services are FREE.

Writing Center Services are confidential. However, you can request that we send information about your session to a faculty or staff member. Faculty and staff usually appreciate the extra effort you're making to see a tutor.

If you have a question or suggestion or would like support in being connected with the appropriate service, contact Sheila Boland Chira, Writing Center Director, 656-7963,

  • Do you have a question about a paper you're writing?
  • Would you like to meet with a tutor at some point in the process—perhaps to understand an assignment, talk about expectations for a certain type of writing, revise a draft, or edit for spelling, grammar, and punctuation?
  • Would you like to improve your skills at writing and speaking English?

At the Writing Center, you can work on your writing with trained peer writing tutors from a variety of disciplines. All Writing Center tutors receive preparation and practice in supporting English language learners. This service is free.

Making a Writing Center Appointment

Make an appointment online at Appointments are scheduled for 50 minutes, in order to give you time to work on your paper during the session. You will meet your tutor at reception desk of the Writing Center on the ground floor of Howe Memorial Library, down the main staircase and to the right.

Suggestions to Get the Most out of Your Tutoring Sessions
  • Bring a copy of the assignment and of any materials you will be using in writing your paper.
  • Tell the tutor what you hope to accomplish in the session.
  • Tell the tutor about strategies that have worked for you in the past.
Writing Partners Program
If you plan on coming to the Writing Center several times, you can request a writing partner.

Writing partners are for students who would like to meet regularly with a tutor, usually once a week. You can download the application on the writing partners webpage or you can write directly to Sheila Boland Chira. Include the following information in your email:

  • "Writing Partner Request" in the subject line
  • Name and year in school
  • Email address and phone number
  • Brief description of the papers you are working on this semester and for what classes
  • Description of what you want to work on in your sessions and of the types of support you're looking for
  • All the times you're available to meet—we're open Mon-Thurs 10am–9pm, Fri 10am–5pm, Sun 6–9pm
  • Any additional information, including if you'd like to be matched with a particular tutor

Once your application has been received, Sheila will match you with an experienced writing tutor who fits your needs and schedule. For more information, see the Writing Partners webpage.

Writing Center Handouts and Information Sheets about American Academic Writing

Signposting (pdf):

Linking Words (pdf):

Stance Taking (pdf):

For some tips from tutors about writing in different majors or disciplines, see our Tutor Tips website, where you will find information about types of assignments, teacher/reader expectations, tips for writing a successful paper, annotated sample papers, interviews with faculty, and more.

Understanding Plagiarism
Citing Sources
Additional Resources for English Language/Writing Support
Local Resources

Services for Multilingual Writers who are not currently enrolled in the Global Gateway (pdf)

Websites for Multilingual Writers
The OWL at Purdue

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University has extensive resources designed for a broad audience, including students and teachers. The site includes sections on the writing process; grammar, usage, and mechanics tips; genre and discipline-specific guides; ESL tips; and sections on teaching and tutoring writing.

ESL Gold

Extensive materials for ESL students and teachers for building skills with reading writing, listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation.

Dave's ESL Cafe

Grammar lessons, quizzes, help center.

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Practice your listening skills.

English Page

Free online English lessons & ESL / EFL resources

Have Questions?

If you have a question or suggestion or would like support in being connected with the appropriate service, contact Sheila Boland Chira, Writing Center Director, 656-7963,

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