ENGL611 - Approaches to College Composition

Approaches to College Composition will introduce you to some of the major pedagogical conversations in composition studies that should inform and energize your work as a teacher of writing. Over the course of the semester, we will consider and explore key principles and practices at the heart of effective college-level writing instruction, including emphasizing the rhetorical nature of writing, recognizing the complexity of students’ writing processes, enabling students to analyze and practice writing in a variety of genres and for a variety of audiences, highlighting the relationship between writing and technologies, and providing timely feedback on student writing. Of course we will not only listen to what scholars have had to say about these various aspects of writing instruction but also engage these conversations ourselves, reflecting on how and why certain scholarship might resonate with our own pedagogical investments as well as with the programmatic goals of Maryland’s Academic Writing and Professional Writing courses. By the end of the semester, you won’t have all the answers about to how to teach writing—no one ever does!—but you will have gained a deep understanding of composition studies’ major pedagogical concerns. These theories should enable you to become a more thoughtful, reflective, and engaged teacher during your time here at Maryland and throughout your career beyond this institution.