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Multilingual Writing Specialist

In addition to consulting the English language and writing resources, students for whom English is a second language can access academic support offered by our Multilingual Writing Specialist, Natalie Mera Ford.  She offers:

  • One-with-One Meetings: International and domestic multilingual students can meet with Professor Mera Ford at any point in the academic year. This is an opportunity to discuss language-related points, to collaboratively review drafts of course writing, or to prepare self-sponsored writing (such as award applications).
  • Drop-in Office Hours: Multilingual students are encouraged to drop by Trotter 104 on Wednesdays between 1 and 3 p.m. to talk with Professor Mera Ford - no appointment necessary!
  • Workshops & Gatherings: Multilingual students from any class year are invited to join Professor Mera Ford and peers in group meetings that address writing topics from across the disciplines. Come share your challenges, strategies, questions, and insights.  See below for upcoming events.

If you would like to arrange a meeting or receive emails concerning upcoming events, please contact Professor Mera Ford at nford1@swarthmore.edu.

Multilingual Workshops & Gatherings spring 2020

Wed. Feb. 5, 2020:

4:15 to 5:45 p.m. 

Discussion Group 

English House 

(​​​​​Bryn Mawr)         

Internationalizing the Liberal Arts through Linguistic Inclusion: 

Join Tri-Co faculty, students and staff for a Mellon Tri-Co sponsored

reading/discussion group. Our second meeting, held at Bryn Mawr 

College, will focus on translation. Hors d'oeuvres provided.

 *Registration required - email blitsinger@brynmawr.edu

Fri. Feb. 7, 2020:

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Writing Workshop

Trotter 120

Developing Your Academic Voice: Expand your vocabulary

for writing across the disciplines and refine how you distinguish

your ideas from source material. Light lunch provided.

*Registration required - email nford1@swarthmore.edu

Mon. Mar. 16, 2020: 

7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Midterm Gathering

Sproul 205     

Multilingual Peer Mentoring: Collaborate with other multilingual

students and Swarthmore's Multilingual Writing Specialist to build

successful strategies for academic (or self-sponsored) writing.

Treats provided.  

*Registration required - email nford1@swarthmore.edu

Wed. Apr. 1, 2020:

4:15 to 5:45p.m.

Discussion Group

VCAM 102

(Haverford College)

Internationalizing the Liberal Arts through Linguistic Inclusion: 

Join Tri-Co faculty, students and staff for a Mellon Tri-Co sponsored

reading/discussion group. Our third meeting, held at Haverford

College, will focus on World Englishes. Hors d'oeuvres provided.

*Registration required - email bhall@haverford.edu

Thur. Apr. 16, 2020: 

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Writing Workshop

Sharples 104

Developing Your Presentation Skills: Discuss and practice effective

presentation skills for academic audiences. Bring your lunch;

dessert provided.

No registration required