About the English Language Learner Writing Center

An outline of the countries of the world, with the names of different languages written inside.
A student and consultant working at a table in the center

The mission of the English Language Learner Writing Center (ELL WC) is to provide one-on-one consulting to undergraduate and graduate multilingual student writers. Through collaborative peer interaction, supportive and well-trained consultants help students, whose first language is not English, become more confident users of English academic language and effective, autonomous writers across genres and disciplines. We ensure opportunities for student writers to understand and practice multiple proofreading, self-editing, and polishing strategies as well as improve their English language skills necessary for achieving academic and professional success.

We also collaborate with the faculty across Miami University about how to work effectively with multilingual writers.

Our Beliefs About Multilingual Writing

  • Learning to write in a second language is a lifelong process.
  • Writing persuasively in a language does not imply being a native speaker of this language.
  • Writing in a second language is a complex combination of composing and language acquisition processes.
  • Multilingual writing is always writing with an accent.