Multilingual Writers and Writing Centers

by Ben Rafoth

"Multilingual Writers and Writing Centers gives a good context for our contemporary writing centers as multilingual spaces. Rafoth's discourse also serves as a reminder of one-to-one tutoring problematics, which are not specific to multilingual students but rather practical for tutoring in general. . . . a great complementary read into multilingual issues for directors, tutors, and scholars of writing centers."

Composition Forum

"Rafoth has succeeded in writing an accessible volume on a difficult topic and perfectly timed its publication. . . . [A] must-read for everyone involved in writing centers worldwide."

The Writing Center Journal

 

Multilingual writers—often graduate students with more content knowledge and broader cultural experience than a monolingual tutor—unbalance the typical tutor/client relationship and pose a unique challenge for the writing center. Multilingual Writers and Writing Centers explores how directors and tutors can better prepare for the growing number of one-to-one conferences with these multilingual writers they will increasingly encounter in the future.

This much-needed addition of second language acquisition (SLA) research and teaching to the literature of writing center pedagogy draws from SLA literature; a body of interviews Rafoth conducted with writing center directors, students, and tutors; and his own decades of experience. Well-grounded in daily writing center practice, the author identifies which concepts and practices directors can borrow from the field of SLA to help tutors respond to the needs of multilingual writers, what directors need to know about these concepts and practices, and how tutoring might change in response to changes in student populations.

Multilingual Writers and Writing Centers is a call to invigorate the preparation of tutors and directors for the negotiation of the complexities of multilingual and multicultural communication.

 

Ben Rafoth is Distinguished University Professor and director of the Writing Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he also teaches graduate courses in the composition and TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) program. He is the editor of A Tutor's Guide: Helping Writers One to One and coeditor of ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors. He served as 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.

Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $24.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-963-0
  • Ebook Price: $20.00
  • EISBN: 978-0-87421-964-7
  • Publication Month: March
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Pages: 184
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Ben Rafoth
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87421-963-0