Tutoring Writing Across Cultures

ENWR 2520
Course units: 3
Course Section: 
Fall 2019

In this course, we’ll look at a variety of texts from academic arguments, narratives, and pedagogies, to consider what it means to write, communicate, and learn across cultures.  Topics will include contrastive rhetorics, world Englishes, rhetorical listening, and tutoring multilingual writers.  A service learning component, in partnership with Madison House, will require students to volunteer with the LAMA (Latinx and Migrant Aid) or ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) programs.  We will discuss pedagogies and practical, strengths-based strategies in working with multi-lingual learners on their writing; tutor members of the Charlottesville community; and create writing projects that convey learning from these experiences.  While the course will specifically prepare students to tutor multilingual writers, these skills are adaptable and applicable across disciplines and discourses. Basically, students will learn how to use dialogic engagement to support collaboration and conversation across cultures. Self-designed final writing projects will give students from various majors—education, public policy, commerce, social sciences, and STEM—the opportunity to combine their specific discourse knowledge with our course content.  Additionally, students who successfully complete the course are invited to apply to work on the UVa writing center. This course fulfills the second writing requirement.

TTH 3:30-4:45

New Cabell 287