April 13, 2012

TESOL Virtual Seminar

From http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/sec_document.asp?CID=1426&DID=13748

A TESOL Virtual Seminar on
Teaching Academic Reading and Writing in English

Presenters: Danielle Zawodny Wetzel, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Ryan Miller, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date: Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Time: 10:00 am–11:30 am U.S. ET; 2:00 pm–3:30 pm GMT
Target audiences: All those interested in understanding the transition to college writing, including middle school and senior high school teachers, and 2-year and 4-year college instructors
Registration deadline: April 26

This session on academic reading and writing in English blends a rhetorical and a linguistic approach for teaching second language writing. It is a linguistic one because of its focus upon discourse analysis and particular language strings, and it is a rhetorical one because of its emphasis on audience. The session will focus on how we can teach academic language and literacy practices within strategic reading and writing tasks. We will discuss common discourse patterns that academic writers use to connect their texts with their readers, and we will situate those patterns within the common rhetorical moves of composing definitions and explaining problems. The ultimate goal for the program is to sharpen our strategies for teaching language within the integrated work of academic reading and writing.

For full details and to register go to http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/sec_document.asp?CID=1426&DID=13748

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