The Center for Writing Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Sample Background Questions


We suggest asking these questions to all students on the first day of class:

What languages do you speak, read, and/or write in?

What languages are you most comfortable or fluent using?

What languages have you studied in educational settings?

What languages were used as the medium of instruction in those settings?

What countries have you lived in, and for how long?

What do you find most difficult about academic writing?