Working With International Student Writers (C-6)


This workshop focuses on working with nonnative English-speaking international student writers at U.S. colleges and universities. Topics include student demographics, research on L2 writers, development and administration of ESL writing programs, L2 writing course design, curriculum and materials development, teacher and staff preparation, and classroom instruction addressing the rhetorical, linguistic, and strategic dimensions of L2 writing.

Who Should Attend?

ESOL instructors and administrators at postsecondary institutions in the United States

What Will I Learn?

In this workshop, participants will receive
  • information on international student demographics
  • an overview of relevant research on L2 writers
  • a discussion of issues involved in program development and administration
  • ideas for course design
  • principles for curriculum and materials development
  • suggestions for classroom instruction

About the Workshop Leader

Tony Silva is a Professor in the Department of English at Purdue University, where he directs the Graduate Program in Second Language Studies/ESL, coordinates the ESL Writing Program, and teaches various graduate courses for PhD, MA, and Certificate students and writing-support courses for both graduate and undergraduate international students.