Presenter Information

Eleanor Ballard

Faculty Sponsor

Al DeCiccio

Status

Graduate

Publication Date

5-1-2021

Department

English

Description

This paper will reveal the reciprocal benefits of multilingual tutoring by showcasing my experiences working with students from the Nanjing Cohort at Salem State University. Identity is a term that unites but also divides. Asian Americans are divided by language, social class, culture, sexuality, and race. By reflecting on my tutoring sessions, experiences growing up, and the relationships I built with my clients, I will provide my audience a better understanding of how I grew closer to my Asian culture while helping multilingual writers assert their voices in their writing. By describing the obstacles I faced as a student, I will show my audience how I felt alienated by both cultural groups for not being considered “authentic enough.” By sharing my first-hand experiences through the paper, I will help my audience understand how identity is influenced by the community and how stereotypes affect Asian Americans’ sense of independence and pride. It is crucial to explore the reciprocal benefits of multilingual tutoring not only to help multilingual writers succeed but also to support tutors and foster a welcoming and positive community.

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The Benefits of Reciprocal Multilingual Tutoring

This paper will reveal the reciprocal benefits of multilingual tutoring by showcasing my experiences working with students from the Nanjing Cohort at Salem State University. Identity is a term that unites but also divides. Asian Americans are divided by language, social class, culture, sexuality, and race. By reflecting on my tutoring sessions, experiences growing up, and the relationships I built with my clients, I will provide my audience a better understanding of how I grew closer to my Asian culture while helping multilingual writers assert their voices in their writing. By describing the obstacles I faced as a student, I will show my audience how I felt alienated by both cultural groups for not being considered “authentic enough.” By sharing my first-hand experiences through the paper, I will help my audience understand how identity is influenced by the community and how stereotypes affect Asian Americans’ sense of independence and pride. It is crucial to explore the reciprocal benefits of multilingual tutoring not only to help multilingual writers succeed but also to support tutors and foster a welcoming and positive community.