Dialogue on Writing: Rethinking ESL, Basic Writing, and First-Year Composition

Dialogue on Writing: Rethinking ESL, Basic Writing, and First-Year Composition

Dialogue on Writing: Rethinking ESL, Basic Writing, and First-Year Composition

Dialogue on Writing: Rethinking ESL, Basic Writing, and First-Year Composition

Synopsis

Designed for courses on theories and methods of teaching college writing, this text is distinguished by its emphasis on giving teachers a foundation of knowledge for teaching writing to a diverse student body. As such, it is equally relevant for teacher training in basic writing, ESL, and first year composition, the premise being that in most colleges and universities today teachers of each of these types of courses encounter similar student populations and teaching challenges. Many instructors compile packets of articles for this course because they cannot find an appropriate collection in one volume. This text fills that gap. It includes in one volume: *the latest thinking about teaching and tutoring basic writing, ESL, and first year composition students; *seminal articles, carefully selected to be accessible to those new to the field, by classic authors in the field of composition and ESL, as well as a number of new voices; *attention to both theory and practice, but with an emphasis on practice; and *articles about non-traditional students, multiculturalism, and writing across the disciplines. The text includes suggestions for pedagogy and invitations for exploration to engage readers in reflection and in applications to their own teaching practice.

Excerpt

This anthology grew out a series of discussions by four colleagues who teach composition at Brooklyn College, a branch of the City University of New York. Though we were all working hard to help our students improve their writing, we realized that we were doing the same job from somewhat different perspectives. Geri DeLuca was director of freshman writing and is now coordinator of writing across the curriculum; Len Fox is Professor of English and past director of the ESL program; Myra Kogen directs the college Learning Center, a large-scale peer-tutoring operation; and MarkAmeen Johnson teaches in ESL and immersion programs and supervises English as a second language (ESL) tutoring. As our conversations continued month after month, we realized that we each had received different training, attended different professional conferences, and made use of certain theories and practices unknown to the others.

We believe Dialogue on Writing: Rethinking ESL, Basic Writing, and FirstYear Composition to be the first work that treats these various approaches under one cover. Also, although all four of us teach at Brooklyn College and roughly a quarter of the articles we selected highlight CUNY concerns, readers will find that most of the issues CUNY faculty raise mirror those in academia at large. In addition, our anthology showcases not only the voices of instructors in large universities, but the voices of academics in rural, small-campus colleges and teachers in nonacademic settings as well.

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