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Multilingual Writing Specialist

In addition to consulting the English language and writing resources, students for whom English is an additional 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 Professor Mera Ford's office to talk about any work-in-progress on Wednesdays from 1 to 3p.m.  No appointment is necessary. If you would prefer to meet via Zoom, please email Professor Mera Ford.
  • 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 FALL 2021

Fri. Sep. 3, 2021:

11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m.

Q&A Session

Sharples 209

First Friday Multilingual Forum September

Meet or reconnect with Swarthmore's Multilingual Writing

Specialist and learn about resources and community for multilingual

students on campus. Dessert provided.

Fri. Oct. 1, 2021:

11:45a.m. to 1:15p.m. 

Midterms Gathering

Trotter 120

Writing Center

First Friday Multilingual Forum October

Collaborate with multilingual peers and Swarthmore's

Multilingual Writing Specialist to build versatility in academic

English idioms for various disciplines. Light lunch provided.

*Registration required - email nford1@swarthmore.edu by Sep. 29th.

Limited to 10 participants (first come, first serve).

Thur. Nov. 4, 2021: 

4:15 to 5:30p.m. 

Discussion Group

VCAM 102,

Haverford College

Empowering the Liberal Arts with Linguistic Equity

and Linguistic Justice

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

sponsored reading/discussion group. Our Fall 2021 meeting, hosted

by Haverford College, will focus on Strategies for a Language Diverse Classroom.

*Registration required - email sbiegund@haverford.edu by Nov. 1st.

Fri. Nov. 5, 2021:

11:45a.m. to 1:15p.m.

Presenting Workshop

Trotter 120

Writing Center

First Friday Multilingual Forum November

Share class discussion and oral presentation strategies, with

the opportunity to practice and get feedback from multilingual peers

and Swarthmore's Multilingual Writing Specialist. Light lunch provided.

*Registration required - email nford1@swarthmore.edu by Nov. 3rd.

Limited to 10 participants (first come, first serve).

Fri. Dec. 3, 2021:

1:30 to 3:00p.m. 

Finals Gathering

Trotter 120

Writing Center

First Friday Multilingual Forum December

Reflect on effective ways to approach the finals' workload

while celebrating semester struggles and triumphs with

multilingual peers and Swarthmore's Multilingual Writing Specialist.

Treats provided.

*Registration required - email nford1@swarthmore.edu by Dec. 1st.

Limited to 10 participants (first come, first serve).