Teaching Writing

What can the Writing Center do for you (and your students)? A virtual conversation

  • August 15, 10–11 a.m.
  • August 28, 10–11 a.m.

If you would like to learn more about our individual appointments with writing tutors or oral communication consultants, workshops for students, workshops for faculty, how a writing or oral communication fellow could work with your class, or what other ways we might be able to support your student writers, join us on Zoom for a chat! There’s no need to register—just hop on and join us for a brief presentation, then a conversation: https://udel.zoom.us/j/96437761465

Tea & Pedagogy Series

The Writing Center will host a series of in-person afternoon workshop/discussions for faculty and graduate teaching assistants. Tea and snacks will be provided. Register for any of the Tea & Pedagogy workshops here.

September 19, 2–3 p.m.: A Genre Approach to Teaching Writing

Taking a genre approach to teaching writing can help your students move from thinking of writing as a task they perform for an audience of one (you) to thinking of writing as a genuine act of communication. In this T&P session, we will discuss compositionist Irene Clark’s article on a genre approach and consider how we can rethink our own approach to assigning writing through this lens.

October 26, 2:15–3 p.m.: Revision-focused Feedback

In this T&P session, participants will hear findings from research about student responses to faculty feedback on their writing and learn strategies to prompt thoughtful revision from students.

November 16, 2:15–3 p.m.: Minimal Marking

Put the pen down! In this T&P session, participants will learn about and practice a response technique called minimal marking. This technique scaffolds students’ active learning of sentence-level writing features in a way that “sticks.”

Consultations on Teaching Writing

​Writing Center Director, Dr. Jennifer Follett, is happy to discuss writing pedagogy with faculty who teach writing in any discipline or who rely on writing assignments to assess student learning. You may want to ask for a consultation if:

  • You plan to integrate a new writing assignment into your course;
  • You are not getting the results you hope for from students’ writing;
  • You have questions about how to give feedback to student writers or how to evaluate their writing;
  • You would like to try informal writing assignments as learning tools and want to brainstorm how;
  • You feel overwhelmed by the amount of time you spend responding to and grading student writing. 

Email Jen at jfollett@udel.edu to set up a time to talk!

The Writing Center’s friend and Director of First Year Writing, Dr. Michael McCamley, also enjoys discussing writing pedagogy with faculty from across the disciplines and frequently offers workshops through UD’s Faculty Commons. Feel free to reach out to Dr. McCamley at mccamley@udel.edu to discuss your writing pedagogy questions.

Consultations on Teaching Speaking or Multimodal Presentations

Faculty are increasingly assigning in-class presentations, videos, or other multimodal projects as ways for students to demonstrate what they’ve learned in class. If you are considering such an assignment, Associate Director for Communication Studies Nicholas Gadino would be happy to talk with you about assigning, supporting, and evaluating multimodal assignments. 

Email Nick at ngadino@udel.edu.