ENGL-722-01 Approaches to Teaching Writing
Fall for 2009-2010
This course offers a practical introduction to the history, theories, and issues that shape the field of Writing Studies. The systematic study of the production of texts – rhetoric and composition -- began as a “school” discipline, and these origins are preserved in the title of our course. Written assignments and class discussion will focus on writing pedagogy and course development, paying particular attention to the integration of writing and reading. Weekly readings will assist you to theorize your own practice in the assignments you compose and the courses you design. But the teachable parts of writing cannot be reduced to techniques, whether of close reading or mechanisms of process, skill, and craft. In the words of theorist Walter Ong, “Writing is a technology that restructures thought.” We will explore issues of cultural and critical literacy as these concepts inform the teaching of writing.
By definition, a graduate seminar offers the opportunity to enter an ongoing conversation among scholars in a particular field as well as a forum for intellectual exchange among peers. Students will be expected to take an active role in the course as evidenced by close, critical attention to the readings; contributions to discussion; organized seminar presentations of their research; and engaged, informed writing.
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