Proposed Course Outline for ENGLISH 198

Shurli Makmillen

Yaying Zhang

ACADEMIC WRITING IN CROSS-CULTURAL CONTEXTS

Like English 199, English 198 will introduce students to the practices of scholarly writing. In addition, it will address the particularities of writing from a cross-cultural perspective. Course readings, therefore, will explore the positions and perspectives of non-native speakers of English (although the course will be open to native speakers of English as well). Students will have an opportunity to analyse the discourses of different academic disciplines. Class activities will include oral presentations and collaborative work. A linguistic-pragmatic approach to grammar will be incorporated into some class assignments as well as into one-on-one writing support. In addition to addressing the conditions students encounter as readers at university, and the expectations they must meet as writers at university, this course will attract students with an interest in the impact of cultural and linguistic backgrounds on academic writing, the politics of writing instruction and/or the socio-historical contexts of university writing in Canada.

PREREQUISITES: Twelve academic credits, or completion of the English Language and Culture Program, or completion of the Bridge Program.

ENROLMENT:

A maximum of 28 students in a seminar, and 14 students in each tutorial.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

Giltrow, Janet Academic Writing: Writing and Reading Across the Disciplines, 2 Volumes Broadview

Courseware Package of Selected Readings.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Six assignments, ranging from 400 to 1500 words, develop from assigned readings of the type described above. There will be an opportunity to practice oral presentations, and to participate in collaborative work. An "elastic exit" will be used for students who desire extra time and support in completing course requirements.


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