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Wednesday, November 13 • 14:00 - 17:00
Designing assignments to enhance transfer of writing skills and strategies (Ticketed Event)

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One of the common goals for English for Specific or Academic Purposes classes should be to prepare students to write in a variety of ways appropriate for a variety of classes. That is, instructors should be teaching for transfer of learning. Though the notion of “teaching for transfer” has been misunderstood, misapplied and sometimes even controversial, scholars in writing studies in recent years have begun to identify and operationalize the tenets of writing transfer pedagogy in various useful and accessible ways.

This Institute workshop will provide both an introduction to the teaching for transfer research in the larger writing studies community and hands-on ways to apply it, especially in courses and programs focused on L2 writers. This workshop will provide demonstrations, practice, and discussion focusing on how this goal of teaching for transfer might be achieved. First, the concept of transfer of learning will be explained, and the types of questions and instructions most amenable to learning transfer will be presented. Then a variety of writing prompts and the analyses to deconstruct them will be presented and practiced. Following this, participants will be assisted in creating their own writing prompts, based upon the principles demonstrated. The workshop will conclude with questions and suggestions from the participants.

This is a ticketed event. Visit the Institute page for more information.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Ferris

Dana Ferris

Professor & Director, University of California, Davis
Dana R. Ferris, Professor and Director of the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis, has had a wide-ranging career as a teacher, teacher-educator, researcher, writer, editor, and writing program administrator. Her books and articles have focused primarily... Read More →
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Ann M. Johns

Professor Emerita, Linguistics & Writing Studies, San Diego State University
Ann M. Johns has devoted her professional life to the study of academic literacies, with the principal focus upon second language writing. Though she has taught at several academic levels, she is most concerned with diverse students during their first years of university--and most... Read More →


Wednesday November 13, 2019 14:00 - 17:00
Alumni Lounge

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