Support for Non-Native Speakers of English
If you are a non-native speaker of English, you can seek help from our multilingual specialist, Dr. Melina Gehring.
Graduate students for whom English is not the first language have a unique and valuable resource: the support of a multilingual writing specialist. Melina is available to provide support on:
- Seminar papers and presentations
- Articles written for publication
- Theses and dissertations
- Conference proposals and presentations
- Grant applications and application letters
Melina is happy to assist with materials at any stage in the creative process including brainstorming, outlines, proposals, PowerPoint slides, posters, or delivery. Like RWIT, Melina does not offer any copyediting services (i.e. proofread for typos or grammatical correctness), but helps you learn to identify and edit grammatical issues on your own.
To make a 60-minute appointment
Please email Melina. Ideally, your email will mention:
- whether you are a master’s or PhD student
- your subject area
- what kind of writing or presentation project you would like to discuss
- some dates and times during which you would be available
Melina’s office is located at the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, 37 Dewey Field Road, Suite 6062, Rm. 429.
During writing conferences, Melina helps you move through the process of writing, focusing on your questions and concerns. You may meet with Melina at any point in the writing process — from brainstorming, to drafting, to finalizing a draft.
For writing conferences, be sure to bring:
- One copy of a current draft of your writing (or email a copy before your meeting so that she can print it). Melina will be reading your draft in the meeting.
- An assignment description (the instructions your professor gave you for this project)
- Any feedback your professor has given you to earlier drafts of the same piece of writing or to former assignments (to give Melina a sense of how this professor responds to your writing and what he/she values in writing)
Oral Presentation Conferences
During oral presentation conferences, Melina helps you communicate more effectively to your audience. You may meet with Melina at any point in the process — from preparing a conference proposal, to drafting (whether it be in the form of an outline, a paper, PowerPoint slides, or a poster), to practicing delivery.
For oral presentation conferences, be sure to bring:
- Either the assignment description or the conference announcement and presentation guidelines
- Any materials you have prepared for the presentation
Learn more about Melina’s writing support.