Benjamin Richards


Ben applied to the MA TESOL program after realizing that his love of foreign languages and English writing could translate into a career teaching ESL. After graduation, he intends to immerse himself in the joys of working with English language learners at a local community college. When not lesson planning, Ben enjoys pedaling chromoly steel through the San Francisco landscape.

Presentation Abstract:

Effective Practices for Grammar Issues in Short ESL Writing Tutorials

Writing center tutors often face the challenge of how to efficiently and successfully respond to ESL students’ grammar errors.  In some cases, the grammar points a student wants to work on may not be the same issues the tutor sees as important.  The challenge is further intensified by time and scheduling constraints.  Informed by observations of tutoring sessions and interviews with tutors at CCSF and SFSU and a review of published and online resources, the presenter will identify some common grammar issues and offer recommendations and resources for addressing them in light of institutional limitations.

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