Enacting Linguistic Justice: How Writing Centers Can Better Support Multilingual Students

Maryam Ahmed ’23

Faculty Sponsor: Lana Oweidat


As a multilingual child of immigrants and a Writing Center tutor, I have witnessed firsthand how academia overlooks countless multilingual students that have accents, speak in “broken English,” and/or make grammatical and verbal or written pronunciation errors. While in recent years academia has been making progress towards a more equitable model for linguistic justice, the field of writing center theory and practice has been making strides in this area. For my research, I sought the ways in which Writing Center tutors at Goucher College transferred the knowledge they received in training about tutoring multilingual students to their sessions and what areas they might need more support in and why.

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