Writing Beyond the Language Requirement

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Kristen M. Turpin, Villanova University

NeMLA 2017 in Baltimore, MD

March 23-26

Writing Beyond the Language Requirement 

Recently, scholars have recognized that “L2 writing is not only an ability to acquire, teach, and assess—as is conventionally assumed—but L2 writing is also a means, context, and basis for learning, both of language and of writing” (Manchón, 2011, x). That is, second language writing involves both learning to write and writing to learn. What does this mean for our curricula?

This roundtable will convene teachers of various levels and subjects in order to address a question that crosses both disciplinary and departmental boundaries: what is the role of writing in the “bridge courses” that transition students from the lower-level language sequence to upper-level literature courses? After completing the language requirement, what do students still need to learn about writing? In advanced composition courses, when do students write for the sake of learning to write, and when is writing a tool for learning about language, literature, and culture (writing to learn)?

Within this framework, roundtable participants may broach topics such as (but not limited to) the following:

  • Designing writing assignments
  • Authenticity of task design
  • Assessing and commenting student writing
  • Peer review
  • Genre-based approaches to writing
  • Process-based approaches to writing
  • Intercultural competence
  • Pragmatic competence
  • Rhetorical grammar
  • Changing definitions of literacy
  • Inextricability of reading and writing
  • Teaching literary analysis
  • Technology in the composition classroom

These issues punctuate advanced composition courses—an essential “bridge” course that prepares students for continued study and, in its ideal form, inspires a profound engagement with language, literature, and culture.

By putting a diverse array of presenters in dialogue, this roundtable will be a space of pedagogical exchange and critical reflection. Presentations that are grounded in both research and practice are especially welcome. Participants who are willing to share teaching materials are strongly encouraged to apply. 

All applicants must apply through NeMLA's online submission system.