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Multilingual Services

Speaking more than one language broadens one’s perspective, and gives one advantages in a multilingual world. At the same time, it can sometimes pose challenges in an academic setting if English is not one’s dominant language. At Multilingual Services, we are are here to support all multilingual students so they can thrive in academia and beyond.

We aim to offer support that matches each student’s needs; for instance, depending on the task students can practice an upcoming presentation, work on a scholarship application, manage reading assignments, discuss professor expectations, practice listening to lectures, or hold study groups with one of our Student Supporters. In our support meeting you will work with one of our Student Supporters on the task of your choice. Meetings typically last forty-five minutes to one hour. Anika, Laura, and Margaret all have unique teaching talents, and we will be sure to pair you with whoever best fits your needs.

We look forward to helping you thrive.

The MLS Team

Margaret Seelie, Coordinator and Student Supporter
Margaret SeelieHello, my name is Margaret, and I am here because I am passionate about supporting multilingual students in academia and beyond. In 2006 I fell in love with teaching and working with multilingual students while teaching at a university in China. Seven years later, I graduated from Mills College with a master's degree in English, and quickly returned to work here at the CAE as the Coordinator for Multilingual Students. When I'm not supporting students at Mills I'm teaching college composition at Los Medanos College, freelance writing, and surfing. I look forward to helping you thrive in academia and beyond!

Margaret Seelie is available by appointment:
Tuesday 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Anika Riesen, Student Supporter
Anika RiesenMy name is Anika and I like to take on challenges and to try new things. Feel free to ask me anything, and I will do my best to support you! I am a senior earning a major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies and I have a deep interest in supporting multilingual students with their English language needs. Each appointment will address your unique request. I can best support you with writing and grammar issues such as sentence structure, essay organization, and clarity. I would love to work with you to build self-revision strategies. I am also happy to help you build a broader vocabulary, practice conversational skills, and/or manage readings assignments.

Anika Riesen is available by appointment:
Monday 9:30 am–1:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am–4:30 pm

Laura Williams, Student Supporter
Laura WilliamsI’m Laura Williams, a senior at Mills College who is majoring in Anthropology. After graduation I plan on moving to South America to teach English. I’m really excited to be given the opportunity to practice teaching English and working with Multilingual Services this semester. I’m available to help you with any area of the English language, whether it be grammar or writing, broadening your vocabulary, close reading of articles, practicing presentations, or conversing.

Monday and Wednesday 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Tuesday from 2:30 pm–6:30 pm
Fridays and weekends.



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9:00 am–5:00 pm

Contact Information

Center for Academic Excellence
Reinhardt Hall,
B Wing
P: 510.430.3360

Last Updated: 2/26/14