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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 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. Britt, Charis, and Diana 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

Diana Newby, Coordinator & Student Supporter
Diana NewbyDiana Newby received a master's degree in English Literature from Mills College. In addition to tutoring multilingual and international students, she has been a TA for English 20: Fundamentals of Grammar for Academic Writers. Diana particularly enjoys working with students on grammar and sentence mechanics, essay planning and composition, and speaking and pronunciation.


Britt Starr, Student Supporter
Britt Starr is in her second year of the MA program in English Literature at Mills College. She currently serves as a teaching assistant for “ENG 001: Rhetoric and Composition for the College Writer” and as a student supporter with Multilingual Services. Having lived in Senegal, China, and France as an international student of language and culture, Britt loves supporting international and multilingual students at Mills. She particularly likes working with students on reading comprehension, all aspects of the writing process from ideation to grammar, and speaking and pronunciation.

Charis Woodward, Student Supporter
Charis is in her first year pursuing a master’s degree in English Literature. She is currently a fellow in the Writing Center and has previously tutored multilingual students as a TA for English 1. Charis enjoys working with students on grammar and mechanics, essay planning and composition, reading strategies, and general study skills.





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

Last Updated: 2/24/16