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Workshops and Seminars


Each semester, the Writing-Intensive Course Committee sponsors workshops for faculty who teach in the program.  Below is a short list of workshops for w-course faculty that took place in late August and early September, 2014.


The Writing-Intensive Course Program at Temple

  • Friday August 22, 1:00 – 2:00

Come to this meeting for an introduction to teaching in Temple’s writing-intensive course program. We’ll review the guidelines for w-courses and talk about what they mean for your class. If you haven’t taught in the program before, or if you just want a refresher, please consider attending.

Designing Effective Writing Assignments

  • Friday August 22, 2:00 – 3:00
  • Monday August 25, 12:00 – 1:00

One of the keys to teaching a writing-intensive class is crafting effective assignments.  Well-designed assignments can mean the difference between getting student work of the “I-wrote-it-last-night-while-watching-TV” variety and the “hey-I-really-learned-something” variety.  Honing your assignments can also save you valuable time when it comes to responding to and grading students’ papers.  Come to this seminar to learn about creating effective assignments for your w-course.  We will review the assignments from several w-courses to see how they are designed and sequenced to match the instructors’ goals.  After that, participants will spend time reviewing the assignments from their own courses to see how they might be improved.  As always there will be ample time for participants to talk with each other about their own teaching strategies.

English Language Learners in Writing-Intensive Courses:  Effective Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners

  • Thursday August 28, 12:30 – 1:30

Approximately 15% of Temple undergraduate students grew up in households where a language other than English was spoken. Many (but not all) of these students grew up outside the United States and attended school systems that differ markedly from American public schools. For these students, writing-intensive courses present particular challenges. Yet ESL students also have considerable strengths—including fluency in more than one language and culture.  Come to this session to talk about strategies for working effectively with English language learners in your writing-intensive courses and to find out about resources you can draw on to support them.

Using Peer Response in Writing-Intensive Courses

  • Tuesday September 2, 3:30 – 4:30

Incorporating peer-response into your writing intensive courses can offer students deeper awareness of their own writing processes, opportunities to read and discuss genres important to your discipline, important feedback from multiple readers, and improved competencies both in talking about writing and in collaborating with fellow students. But how do you get more from your students than, “It looks fine. . . I think you should get an ‘A’?” In this workshop, we will discuss methods for scaffolding peer response that facilitate productive and substantive peer collaborations.  Participants should bring a syllabus and a description of the assignment that want to use for peer review.