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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.  Upcoming events:

Multilingual Workshops & Gatherings Fall 19

Fri Sep. 13, 2019: 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Meet & Greet 

Sharples 104

Multilingual Support Q&A: Prepare for the semester with

Swarthmore's Multilingual Writing Specialist. Bring your lunch

and questions, or stop by to learn more about Writing Program

resources for multicultural and multilingual writers. Dessert provided.

Tue Sep. 24, 2019: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Writing Workshop

Trotter 315

Cultural Contexts of Academic Writing: Explore strategies to

effectively navigate expectations for writing and participating in class discussion in U.S. college contexts. Snacks provided.

*Registration required.

Wed. Oct. 23, 2019: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Midterm Gathering

Sproul 205

Midterm Revisions and Reflections: Discuss writing challenges

unique to the midterms/finals period and share your "survival" strategies with multilingual peers. Treats provided.

*Registration required.

Wed. Nov. 6, 2019: 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.

Discussion Group

Wister Room (Scott Arboretum)

Internationalizing the Liberal Arts through Linguistic Inclusion:

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

reading/discussion group. Our first meeting, held at Swarthmore, will focus on translanguaging. Hors d'oeuvres provided.

To register, email

If you have questions or suggestions, or if you would like to be added to an email list to be informed of upcoming events, please contact Professor Mera Ford at