ENGL611 - Approaches to College Composition

Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-English department. Additional information: Required for graduate assistants (optional to other graduate students).

A seminar emphasizing rhetorical and linguistic foundations for the handling of a course in freshman composition.

This course 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, providing timely feedback on student writing, and developing critical reflection about one's pedagogical approach and classroom practices.