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ENGL/LA&S 400 - Teaching and Tutoring Writing

"Tutoring and Teaching Writing" is designed to give you the background needed to work as a writing consultant. This hybrid online course is offered during the spring semester each academic year.

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 (KUWC). After completing their internship hours, students can interview for paid part-time positions at the KUWC which will begin the following fall semester.

ENGL/LA&S 400 is eligble as a service learning course that can count towards the Certificate in Service Learning. Students interested in counting this course towards their certificate will complete at least 20 internship hours in the KU Writing Center during the semester.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students. The instructor is Dr. Brianna Hyslop, Associate Director of the Writing Center and Lecturer of English (by courtesy). If you have any questions about the course, please send an email.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand theories of human learning and what you can do to create a learning environment.
  • Understand writing processes—including your own—as explained by researchers, theorists, and fellow writers.
  • Know and use strategies for collaborating effectively with other writers.
  • Set priorities for revision, taking into account individual writing processes, learner strengths and rhetorical contexts.
  • 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.
  • Know and use effective teaching and tutoring strategies for both L1 and L2 writers.
  • Know and use effective strategies for teaching and tutoring writing online.
  • 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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