How to Work Effectively with
Multilingual Students

A Mini-Course for College Counselors and Educators



Do you often wonder...

  • Where to start and when to stop when providing feedback on essays by multilingual student writers?
  • Why a response by one of your multilingual students to a yes/no question may seem mystifying?
  • How to navigate the educational norms of the family's culture that may impact work with students?
  • What resources you might introduce students to that could help them improve their use of standard US academic English dialect?

We’ll address these and many other concerns that coaches and counselors face when supporting multilingual student writers.

How to Work Effectively with Multilingual Students

A Mini-Course for College Counselors & Educators

Our course is led by Rene Caputo, who has been teaching and coaching multilingual writers for over 20 years and who serves as the ESL specialist for Duke University’s writing program.

In this 2.5 hour mini-course, we cover:

  • What strategies you can use with students who have more experience with speaking English rather than writing in English
  • What resources might support your students with improving their language use and word choice for an audience of US admissions readers
  • How to communicate with multilingual students in an inclusive manner
  • How to respond to stylistic differences in writing that might be culturally based
  • How to interpret differences in intercultural norms of communication
  • How to provide effective feedback while being mindful of your writer’s voice
  • How you might approach feedback on specific excerpts of application essays written by multilingual high school students
  • What impact the educational norms of the family’s culture might have on the writing and college application process
  • Lots more.

Navigate Intercultural Norms

We’ll help you to better understand and navigate intercultural norms of communication and education

An Inclusive Approach

We’ll show you coaching practices that will support your students in feeling more engaged and at ease

Provide Effective Feedback

We’ll discuss how to find the balance between guiding multilingual writers and appropriating their essays and voice

Meet Rene Caputo

Rene Caputo (she/her) has coached writers and taught college writing courses for over 20 years. In her role as an ESL specialist at Duke University, she advises writing center consultants and writing program faculty on enhancing inclusivity of multilingual students and on providing effective feedback for their writing. Her past experience includes teaching undergraduates in Puerto Rico and serving as an undergraduate admissions reader for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a Master’s degree of Education in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) and enjoys living in the countryside near Chapel Hill. 


Meet Ethan

Ethan Sawyer is a nationally recognized college essay expert, sought-after speaker, and author of the Amazon bestsellers College Essay Essentials and College Admission Essentials.

Each year he helps thousands of students and counselors through his online courses, workshops, articles, products, and books, and works privately with a small number of students.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Ethan holds an MFA from UC Irvine, two counseling certificates, and is certified in Myers-Briggs and hypnotherapy. He lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife and daughter.


Become a more confident and effective counselor for multilingual students.

How to Work Effectively with Multilingual Students

  • 2.5 Hours of Live Instruction
  • Hands-on Exercises
  • Counselor Resources
$297 One Time - Register →

$74 X 4 months -

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Access is really important to us. In fact, it’s at the heart of most everything we do and is why so many resources on the site are free.

It’s why this course is available at Pay-What-You-Can for high school college counselors in schools, CBOs, or non-profits with small budgets and few resources for professional development.

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