Prepares students for the practical and theoretical challenges of teaching English composition and other writing courses. Topics include process theory, cognitive studies, language and diversity, genre studies, and best practices.
- Analyze and distinguish among approaches to composition pedagogy, assessing epistemological, rhetorical, and ideological assumptions.
- Discuss and analyze scholarly articles on composition pedagogy.
- Produce a critical review of scholarly literature on a specific idea in composition pedagogy.
- Evaluate scholarly texts, indicating possible areas of further inquiry.
- Construct a niche or position and enter scholarly discourse through composing of an argumentative paper with a strong claim.
- Apply theory toward creation of practical class materials.
- Critically examine various ideological and political stances on the role of English composition courses.
Minimum course requirements to meet the goals and measure students’ competencies include: Completion of assigned reading. Completion of short essay assignments. Production of a class design, activity design, and syllabus.
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