ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors

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Shanti Bruce, Bennett A. Rafoth
Boynton/Cook, 2004 - Education - 173 pages
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Finally, a book written for writing center tutors who assist ESL students. Combining practical tutoring advice with insights that build cultural bridges, ESL Writers helps tutors create a more meaningful and effective exchange between themselves and nonnative English speakers. ESL Writers is divided into three parts: Cultural Contexts examines many of the challenges students face as they become proficient speakers and writers of English. The ESL Tutoring Session focuses on individual meetings with students whose primary language is not English. Packed with helpful tips and new perspectives on familiar routines, this section demonstrates strategies likely to be effective with nonnative speakers. A Broader View adds depth and breadth to the discussion by demonstrating how writing centers abroad operate, offering insights into the rules and conventions of English, and sharing the stories of ESL students who visit the writing center.

For tutors, this indispensable guide gives them the know-how to make better informed choices as they conduct sessions with ESL students. For writing center directors, ESL Writers is the perfect training text, and its examples and scenarios are the ideal jumping-off point for staff meetings and group problem-solving sessions.

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Insights into Cultural Divides
Theoretical Perspectives on Learning a Second Language
The ESL Tutoring Session

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About the author (2004)

Shanti Bruce is coeditor of the Heinemann-Boynton/Cook title ESL Writers, Second Edition (2009). chairs the masters' in writing program and coordinates the undergraduate writing program at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida . She is coeditor, with Kevin Dvorak, of Creative Approaches to Writing Center Work (Hampton Press).

Ben Rafoth directs the writing center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in writing, research methods, and composition theory and pedagogy. He is the editor or coeditor of the Heinemann-Boynton/Cook titles ESL Writers, Second Edition (2009) and A Tutor's Guide, Second Edition (2005).His essays and articles on composition theory and teaching have appeared in several publications, including Assessing Writing, Journal of Teaching Writing, Research in the Teaching of English, and The Writing Lab Newsletter. Ben was an executive officer for the International Writing Centers Association and is a recipient of the Ron Maxwell Award from the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing.

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