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Wednesday, November 13 • 09:00 - 12:00
Creating and assessing placement practices to maximize student agency in composition course placement (Ticketed Event)

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The regular presence of second language (L2) writers in college composition programs has led writing programs and writing program administers to continue to determine appropriate placement that can address the differing needs of this linguistically diverse population. This workshop, which is grounded in a theoretical framework of agency (Saenkhum, 2016), will discuss (1) practical strategies that enable writing programs to maximize student agency in the process of placement decisions and (2) an assessment framework that leads to a sustainable assessment of placement practices.

Through a critical review of placement frameworks, including placement methods and placement options (e.g., Matsuda & Silva, 1999; Silva 1994), we will consider how participants can create placement procedures that maximize student agency in the placement of students into writing courses in their local contexts. Specifically, led by the presenter, participants will design placement materials/documents (e.g., brochure, handout) that can be used at their institutions aiming to better communicate placement information to related stakeholders, including students, advisors, and writing teachers. In the second half of the workshop, the presenter will discuss a framework for assessing placement that is continual and includes perspectives from multiple stakeholders. The presenter will share with participants some assessment instruments that have been utilized to assess placement practices of an L2 writing program.

Participants will be asked to consider this assessment framework to be applied in their own institutional contexts. Ultimately, these hands-on activities will give participants concrete strategies for creating and assessing placement practices that better serve the needs of L2 writers. The workshop will leave time at the end for questions and discussion, and participants will also be encouraged to share their designed placement materials and/or assessment tools.

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Speakers
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Tanita Saenkhum

Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tanita Saenkhum is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she teaches courses in L2 writing, TESOL methods, and SLA and was Director of ESL from 2013 through 2019. Her book, Decisions, Agency, and Advising: Key Issues... Read More →


Wednesday November 13, 2019 09:00 - 12:00
Copper (12 pax)

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