The purpose of this course is two-fold:
1) to provide a practical forum for planning to teach college-level writing at FIU in particular and at other universities in general;
2) to introduce you to the basics of rhetorical and composition theory and its application to writing pedagogy. In the course, we will attempt a useful blend of the theoretical and the practical.
After completing this course, you will be able to
- Write a syllabus for first-year composition that has clear goals & outcomes and that reflects the policies of FIU’s writing program specifically and national standards for writing instruction in general;
- Create effective writing assignments that have clear goals and measurable outcomes;
- Plan a writing course, with daily activities that support project and course learning outcomes and that respect a diverse and multilingual student body;
- Structure a class meeting using pedagogical methods of mini-lecture, discussion, collaborative activities, in-class writing, peer reviews, and conferences;
- Employ various methods (conferencing, end/marginal notes, rubrics) to respond to student writing, including writing completed by ESL or resident ESL writers;
- Learn terminology with which to discuss (and understand) writing and writing instruction;
- Better understand your own writing processes and strengths and weaknesses as a writer.
This course is required of all teaching assistants. Other students are permitted by instructor permission.