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English Language Learning: For Tutors


Blumenthal, Amy, and Craig Machado. Perspectives on Community College ESL, Volume 2: Students, Mission, and Advocacy. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), 2006.

---. Treatment of Error in Second Language Student Writing. 2nd ed. Michigan Series on Teaching Multilingual Writers. Ed. Diane Belchere and Jun Liu. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011.

---. Teaching ESL Composition: Purpose, Process, and Practice. Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005.​

Hyland, Ken, and Fiona Hyland. Feedback in Second Language Writing: Contexts and Issues. London: Cambridge University Press, 2006.​

Slocum, Sheryl. ESL Strategies. Milwaukee: Alverno College, 2003.

Bell, Diana Calhoun and Youmans, Madeleine. "Politeness and Praise: Rhetorical Issues in ESL (L2) Writing Center Conferences." Writing Center Journal 26.3 (2006): 31-47. Available via Associates Program Source Plus

Croft, Alyssa, and Toni Schmader. “The Feedback Withholding Bias: Minority Students Do Not Receive Critical Feedback from Evaluators Concerned About Appearing Racist.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 48.5 (2012): 1139–1144. Available via

Ferris, Dana. “Preparing Teachers to Respond to Student Writing.” Journal of Second Language Writing 16.3 (2007): 165–193.Science Direct

Hall, Helena. When Background Matters: Three Writing Center Employees’ Views on ESL Students. N. p., 2001. Print.

Marshall, Steve. “Re-becoming ESL: Multilingual University Students and a Deficit Identity.” Language & Education: An International Journal 24.1 (2010): 41–56. Available via Sage Publications

Matsuda, Paul Kei. “Composition Studies and Second-Language Writing: A History of the Disciplinary Division of Labor.” (1998): n. pag. Available via

McDonald, James C. “Dealing with Diversity: A Review Essay of Recent Tutor-training Books.” Writing Center Journal 25.2 (2005): 63+. Available via JSTOR

Moussu, Lucie. “Let’s Talk! ESL Students' Needs and Writing Centre Philosophy.” TESL Canada Journal 30.2 (2013): 55+. Available via Eric English as a 2nd Language

This site offers resources and interactive tutorials to help non-native English speaking students develop skills in academic English.

ESL Grammar and English Usage

George Washington University ESL Study Hall: Grammar

The Hypertext Books: Modern English Grammar (Daniel Kies, College of DuPage)

LEO: Literacy Education Online

Peer Centered

University of Chicago Writing Program Grammar Resources:

University of North Carolina Writing Center “Tips on Teaching ESL Students”


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