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ELSO Support for Faculty

Faculty are important mentors for international graduate and professional students as writers, speakers, and language users.

The ELSO faculty are available to support you in your efforts to support international graduate students. We are happy to meet with individual faculty as well as departments to discuss:

  • the linguistic and cultural challenges that international graduate students face, and share resources on second language acquisition, writing strategies, and speaking strategies
  • effective ways to mentor international graduate and professional student writing, including commenting on drafts, guiding students during the writing process, and knowing when and how to address language issues 
  • effective ways to mentor international graduate and professional student speaking, including being inclusive during classroom discussions, guiding students in giving presentations, and developing inclusive team projects
  • resources available to support your students as writers, speakers, and language users
  • approaches for developing inclusive assignments and assessment practices

Schedule a Consultation

To schedule a consultation for an individual faculty member or a department, email the ELSO director, Michelle Cox


Bibliography on Supporting International Graduate Students

Supporting Graduate Students as Writers

Campbell, M. M. & Kennell, V. R. (2018). Working with Graduate Student Writers: Faculty Guide. Purdue Writing Lab. Available at https://owl.purdue.edu/writinglab/faculty/documents/Writing_Lab_Faculty_Guide_Summer_%202018.pdf

Paltridge, B. & Starfield, S. (2007). Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language: A Handbook for Supervisors. New York: Routledge.

* For a bibliography of textbooks and readings on course and materials development, see the bibliography compiled by the Consortium on Graduate Communication here.

Supporting Graduate Students as International Students

Shapiro, S., Farrelly, R., & Tomas, Z. (2014). Fostering International Student Success in Higher Education. TESOL Publications. 

Research on Graduate Communication Support

Aitchison, C. & Guerin, C. (Eds.) (2014). Writing groups for doctoral education and beyond: Innovations in theory and practice. London, UK: Routledge.

Lawrence, S. & Zawacki, T. M. (Eds.) (2018). Re/writing the center: Pedagogies, practices, partnerships to support graduate students in the writing center. Louisville, CO: Utah State University Press.

McAlpine, L. & Amundson, C. (Eds.) (2011). Supporting the doctoral process: Research-based strategies. New York: Springer.

Sharma, S. (2018). Writing support for international graduate students: Enhancing transition and success. New York: Routledge.

Simpson, S., Caplan, N. A. Cox, M., & Phillips, T. (Eds.) (2016). Supporting graduate writers: Research, curriculum, and program design. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Professional Organizations

Consortium on Graduate Communication (https://www.gradconsortium.org)

The Consortium on Graduate Communication is an international association whose members provide professional development in written, oral, and multimodal communication to students before and during their (post-)graduate academic and professional programs. CGC members work with graduate students in their first and second/additional languages.

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