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ENGL/LA&S 400 - Tutoring and Teaching Writing

This hybrid online course is offered both fall and spring semesters each academic year.  Enrollment is limited to 20 students.The instructor is Terese Thonus, Writing Center Director and Associate Professor of English (by courtesy).  Assistant Director Katie Elliott supervises practical experience in the Writing Center.

"Tutoring and Teaching Writing" is designed to give you the background needed to work as a writing consultant. Students who take the class do lots of writing, share their writing, observe other writing consultants, learn how to respond to writing, and practice as interns in the KU Writing Center. The course also prepares students who may eventually want to work in the KU Writing Center.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand theories of human learning and what you can do to create a learning environment.

  2. Understand writing processes—including your own—as explained by researchers, theorists, and fellow writers.

  3. Know and use strategies for collaborating effectively with other writers.

  4. Set priorities for revision, taking into account individual writing processes, learner strengths and rhetorical contexts.

  5. Understand how components of identity and experience (class, race, gender, national origin, language, fluency and others) affect communication and what you can do to foster sensitive and productive communication.

  6. Know and use effective teaching and tutoring strategies for both L1 and L2 writers.

  7. Know and use effective strategies for teaching and tutoring writing online.

  8. Apply theories learned in the course to practice in teaching and tutoring writing, and use practice to inform and modify theory.

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Meet the writer: Rute Muniz. KU undergrad, majoring in social work with a minor in public policy. First-year student from Brazil. Long-term goal: work to end child trafficking, both by helping single individuals and by making a difference on a global scale in terms of policy. Office Assistant at the KU Writing Center. “Writing is one of my basic needs. Not that I will physically die if I don’t write, but I will lose my glow, part of my personality. I write everywhere, anytime I feel inspired: at my classes, in the hallways, at my room, in my mind. I write to express how I feel, what I want to feel, and what I need to feel. I write to release forgiveness. I write to question, to argue, but also to think over things. I write to define who I am and distort what I once defined. Even if it is a paper for a class, I am always trying to make sense of it in my life. I write for many or for a few, for the called sane and the called crazy, because I have a little bit of both of them in me.” Want to hear more from Rute? Follow her on Twitter @callherute and Instagram @rutecmuniz. #writersofku #thisiswhatawriterlookslike (Photo credit: Katie Elliott)
"Writing is one of my basic needs. I write to define who I am."--Rute Muniz, KU 1st-year #thisiswhatawriterlookslike http://t.co/TzNBqvbMmZ


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