Meeting the Needs of Chinese English Language Learners at Writing Centers in America: A Proposed Culturally Responsive Model

  • Peizhen Wang Indiana University of Pennsylvania, United States
  • Crystal Machado Indiana University of Pennsylvania, United States
Keywords: Chinese, English Language Learners, Writing Centers, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Program Evaluation

Abstract

This paper describes the ways in which Writing Centers (WC) currently serve English Language Learners (ELL) at American universities. The authors argue that the pedagogy offered at these centers does not always meet the needs of the Chinese ELLs who make up the largest population of ELLs at American universities. The proposed supplemental model they recommend, which is grounded in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (CRP), has the potential to better meet the needs of Chinese ELLs. The authors identify obstacles to successful implementation of the proposed model and ways in which these, and gaps in research, can be addressed by directors of Writing Centers. 

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Author Biographies

Peizhen Wang, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, United States

PEIZHEN WANG is a Chinese international student in her fourth year of doctoral study in the Department of Professional Studies in Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her program is Curriculum & Instruction. Her interests lie in multicultural education and teaching/learning strategies. 

Crystal Machado, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, United States

CRYSTAL MACHADO is Associate Professor in the Department of Professional Studies in Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), where she works with pre-service and inservice teachers and administrators. Her research interests include multicultural and global education, reflective practice, innovative web-based technology, mentoring, and organizational change. 

Published
2015-04-01
How to Cite
Wang, P., & Machado, C. (2015). Meeting the Needs of Chinese English Language Learners at Writing Centers in America: A Proposed Culturally Responsive Model. Journal of International Students, 5(2), 143-160. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/431
Section
Research Articles