When working with ESL (English as a Second Language) or ELL (English Language Learner) writers:
- It is better to correct them individually and not in front of a class or a group.
- It may also be a good idea to send them corrections via email so that they are able to see errors and how to correct it.
- Be sure not to overwhelm multilingual writers with corrections. Perhaps give 3 or 4 positive comments and 1 or 2 pieces of constructive criticism.
If a student is clearly struggling to express his or her ideas, please direct the student to the Writing Center or ESL instructors in the Office of International Education for additional writing support.
The table below details strategies to address common writing issues (from the Norman H. Ott Memorial Writing Center).