Language Support for International Graduate Students and Postdocs

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have access to a wide array of services that support all stages of the academic writing and presentation process.


Graduate Student Tutors. International graduate students and postdocs can schedule one-on-one appointments with graduate student tutors via RWIT, Dartmouth's Peer Writing Center. For more information about current tutors, the services they provide, and directions on how to schedule a session, please visit the RWIT webpage on Graduate Sessions.

Guarini Multilingual Specialist. International graduate students and postdocs may also schedule one-on-one appointments with the Guarini Multilingual Specialist, Elizabeth (Betsy) Tremmel. Appointments may be arranged to discuss written and oral academic texts (e.g., course assignments, abstracts, papers for publication, thesis, presentations), job application materials (e.g., resume/CV, cover letter, diversity statement, interviews), or everyday communication (e.g., email, daily conversation). To set up an appointment, please email Betsy directly. Describe the nature of your project, the kind of support you need, and your availability for a meeting.

*Please note that the language support offered by graduate student tutors and the Guarini Multilingual Specialist does not include copyediting/proofreading.

Books for the Struggling Dissertation Writer

  • Bolker, Joan. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis (1998) (For great tips on time management and overcoming writer’s block)
  • Feak, Christine, Swales, John M. Academic Writing for Graduate School: Essential Tasks and Skills (Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes, 2012) (Provides great input on style and grammar, and offers some good writing exercises)
  • Glasman-Deal, Hilary. Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers ofEnglish (2010) (A must-read for any international graduate student in the sciences)
  • Hacker, Diana, Marcy Carbajal Van Horn, and Nancy I. Sommers. A Writer's Reference with Resources for Multilingual Writers and ESL (2011) (Great chapter on ESL grammar issues – indispensable for editing your documents)
  • Williams, Joseph M., and Joseph Bizup. Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace (2015) (Great general handbook on good writing any type of text)

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see your subject librarian for any questions surrounding your research, proper citation, and your discipline’s writing conventions.