Non-native English speaking students, in particular, often:
- incorrectly equate their writing ability to their grammatical ability rather than their ability to communicate clearly with well-developed content;
- assume that native speakers of English can automatically write well;
- believe that they are at an inherent disadvantage compared to native English speakers and students from other countries.
- Explain that academic writing is a learned skill that requires effort, time, and practice.
- Reinforce the idea that everyone can improve their writing with practice regardless of their first language.
- Remind students that writing is a process requiring multiple drafts and revision.
- Tell students that perfect grammar does not necessarily equate to good writing. Good writing is based on idea development, organization, and strength of arguments as well as language use.
- Define and model what good writing looks like in your discipline.
- Make your expectations for student assignments clear.
- Provide rubrics and clear instructions on how writing will be assessed.