March 20, 2:30-4pm
light refreshments provided
author of Writing from Scratch: Freelancing, Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives, and considerable journal and magazine articles
John Calderazzo is dedicated to helping researchers and scientists communicate their work in clear and meaningful ways to multiple types of readers. Winner of the Best CSU Teacher award, Calderazzo brings energy and insight to his presentations where he helps scholarly writers learn how to tell a clear and compelling "story" about the complexities of their research.
In this special workshop, Calderazzo turns to the genre and practice of blogging to bring together the worlds of science, business, and the humanities to show the dynamic possibilities within blogs for our research communication and writing practice.
small panels / BIG TOPICS
"Guiding Second Language Students through Their Graduate Writing: Experiences, Challenges, & Strategies"
April 3, 4-5pm
Tatiana Nekrasova-Beker & Tony Becker
Linguists with specialities in TEFL/TESL & Assistant Professors in English Department at CSU
This short panel session addresses common issues faculty face when giving feedback about the writing of their graduate students who are English language learners (ELLs). The session will explore some of the common issues and offer strategies for providing feedback.
Writing at the postgraduate-level presents certain challenges for many graduate students, as they are expected to simultaneously acquire specialized content knowledge and work to master a variety of discipline-specific writing genres. For many international students, particularly for those who do not possess adequate English language skills, there is the additional burden of having to learn the content of the target discipline as they also continue to expand their English language proficiency. While these demands obviously pose challenges for many ELLs, they also force a large number of faculty to re-think how they assess writing and provide feedback to ELLs in their respective graduate programs.