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English 3467S

Issues and Methods in Tutoring Writing


Credit hours: 3
GEC categories:
Prerequisites: English 1110.

Text Books:

Title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
The St. Martin's Sourcebook for Writing Tutors Murphy and Sherwood Bedford/St. Martin's 978-0-312-44226-2
The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors Ryan and Zimmerelli Bedford/St. Martin's 978-0-312-56673-9

Example Syllabus:

Course Objectives: We'll work toward several goals: learning how writers develop and how to assist them in that learning process in a peer/collaborative setting; developing a nuanced understanding of writing processes; gaining familiarity with writing conventions, genre expectations, and the resources for finding answers to questions about grammar, punctuation, etc.; and becoming comfortable working with a variety of writers in peer-consulting contexts.

Course Content: We'll read about writing center theory and practice and about collaborative conferencing as a strategy for improving writing. The course content will also draw on students' observations of and experiences with peer-consulting sessions. Students will be assigned to spend some out-of-class time tutoring writers in a first-year writing course at Mansfield.

Method of Presentation: Reading, discussion, collaborative work, and observation of and participation in peer consultations about writing.

Method of Evaluation: Students will be evaluated based on their thoughtful responses to assigned readings, a few short essays in which they reflect on what they observed or experienced in a peer-consulting session, a few informal in-class presentations, and a final exam.


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