When instructing international students, keep the following in mind:
Working with multilingual writers whose native language is not English requires patience and understanding. Some international students may require more time than a U.S. student to complete an assignment. When grading the paper of an international student, expect the same amount of effort and quality as you would from a native speaker. However, try to be understanding of grammar and syntax errors. International students may have great ideas, but might not be able to express them as well as native speakers. Focus on content and organization rather than vocabulary. Grade assignments accordingly as long as you can understand the ideas students are trying to express. 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 support.