MSU Denver

At the MSU Denver Writing Center, we believe that all writers have the right to their own English. And we do not believe in penalizing our multilingual writers for writing with an accent. While we recognize that their writing can sometimes be difficult to read, we like to discern the difference between unclear writing and readers who are distracted by so-called "errors" in their writing.

One link that can help you support your ELL learners can be found here.

We also recommend the book English with an Accent.

We are also piloting a new workshop for faculty called Antiracist Writing Pedagogy Workshop. If you are interested in having us come to your department meetings to present on this issue, please contact Rachel Hawley.




The RIDES Program

Roadrunners Interested in Developing English Skills (RIDES) is a program to help culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students at MSU Denver with practical writing skills not covered by a traditional Writing Center consultation. RIDES sessions will help CLD students with the "lower/later-order" concerns (article use, punctuation, grammar, etc.) that their faculty expect, while also empowering them to advocate for their own English usage.

The RIDES program will pair each student with a Writing Center RIDES Consultant who is trained specifically for this program. The pair will work together for the entire semester, with a commitment of a 30-minute session every week. Together, the student and consultant will identify areas of concern, and work together by working on developing these skills.

Beyond the 30-minute sessions, RIDES students will also have access to specialized tools and unique opportunities. We will also offer the option to try to work with instructors, if desired, to identify areas for development and receive feedback on improvement.

To Share information about the RIDES program with your students, you can direct them here.