Our workshops help instructors make their pedagogy more accessible and inclusive for linguistically and culturally diverse students. Short presentations, in-depth discussions, and hands–on activities will aid instructors in deciding among approaches and strategies for teaching multilingual students. Our workshops create plentiful opportunities for colleagues across the disciplines, ESL professionals, and ELLWC staff to exchange ideas about international (ESL) student support.

Fall 2019 Workshops

Understanding Academic Backgrounds of International (ESL) Students

If you have ESL students in your course(s), have you wondered “Why don’t students let me know they are struggling until the issue has become critical and it may be too late to help?” In this workshop, we will discuss some of the diverse academic backgrounds and experiences of international/ESL students at Miami and strategies you can use to become more familiar with the backgrounds of international students who take your classes. Understanding their previous academic experiences is the essential first step in making the course content accessible to them. You will also learn about how to integrate services of the English Language Learner Writing Center (ELLWC) into your course.

  • Tuesday, October 15, 10:05am–11:20am
  • Thursday, October 17, 10:05am–11:20am


Designing Effective Writing Assignments for International (ESL) Students Enrolled in Courses Across the Disciplines

We will discuss how to design effective writing assignments for ESL students enrolled in content–area courses. We will discuss best practices for assignment design and then you will revise an assignment that you bring with you.

  • Tuesday, November 5, 10:05am–11:20am
  • Thursday, November 7, 10:05–11:20am


Spring 2020 Workshops

Strategies for Responding to Grammar Errors Typical of ESL Writing

You will gain a deeper understanding of the language difficulties ESL/multilingual students experience when they move to discipline-based courses. This workshop will also provide specific strategies to help you respond to ESL students’ writing effectively and efficiently.

  • Monday, February 3, 10:05am–11:20am
  • Wednesday, February 5, 10:05am–11:20am


Possible Approaches to the Assessment of International (ESL) Students’ Writing in Courses Across the Disciplines

We will explore the factors influencing assessment decisions and approaches to grading the writing produced by ESL students in content-area courses. Bring a writing assignment to assess and grade in light of the discussion.

  • Monday, March 2, 10:05am–11:20am
  • Wednesday, March 4, 10:05am–11:20am
The workshop take place in King Library, AIS (Room 134).