English | Teaching of Composition in College
W501 | 30745 | Graban

W501 30745 GRABAN
Teaching of Composition in College

9:30a  10:45a TR


ENG W501 combines an introduction to the general principles of
teaching ESL composition with weekly workshops intended to improve
instructors' multilingual writing pedagogy. The aim of this
practicum is to better prepare experienced AIs to develop a class
that provides linguistic and discursive shelter for students who
would not benefit from being mainstreamed into standard ENG W131,
while providing students with rigorous practice in critical reading,
textual analysis, and writing from inquiry at the college level.

Because of its emphasis on building stronger pedagogical
understandings for L2 writing, this course is not intended to be an
introduction to teaching at the college level. Our focus will
instead be on directed reading into composition pedagogy, language-
learning models, cross-cultural communication, genre and "moves"
analysis, sequenced writing projects, and basic principles of course
design. As we read, we will try to answer some of our most pressing
questions about how to conduct the class day-to-day, while generally
building on our critical repertoire of what it means to teach
writing well.

Texts include the Critical Sourcebook for Second-Language Writing
(Eds. Matsuda, Cox, Jordan, and Ortmeier-Hooper) and a coursepack of

This particular section (Fall 2008) will take on a special emphasis.
As a group, we will collaboratively revise the ENG W131NN
curriculum, in accordance with newly drafted goals, means, and
outcomes for the course. This curriculum revision will occur over
the semester, in and out of the practicum, with
several "Development" days given specifically to its work.

Open to returning instructors who are teaching W131NN in Fall 2008,
have taught it regularly prior to the fall semester, or who are
eligible to teaching the course in Spring 2009. Offered for three
credits on a Satisfactory/Non-satisfactory basis; the three credits
for the course may be applied for the doctoral degree, but not for
the M.A.