On February 21st, Laurie Maynell, an instructional consultant in FTAD, and I facilitated a discussion on how to respond international studentsâ€™ writing. After watching Writing Across Borders–a documentary produced by experts at Oregon State University– we engaged in a lively discussion on the strategies we can use to improve international studentsâ€™ writing.
This documentaryâ€™s main purpose is to help faculty, writing assistants, and other professionals work more effectively with international students in US classrooms by addressing some of the most significant challenges international students face whenwriting for American colleges and universities. This documentary is a nice real-life reflection that depicts the notion that people use different rhetorics when they write in different cultures. The documentary includes various interviews conducted with international students in which international students talk about the challenges they face in the process of adjusting into American rhetorical style of writing.
After watching the documentary, we addressed the following questions in our groups:
Thanks to the audienceâ€™s insightful comments, our workshop ended with some useful discussions about the kinds of teaching and evaluation practices that teachers could use to facilitate international studentsâ€™ socialization processes to the American academic writing style and better prepare them to be successful writers. Some of the teaching strategies and practices emerged in our group discussion are as follows:
We wish to see you in our follow up workshop; Responding to International Student Writing on Friday April 6, from 1:30 to 3:30. Stay tuned for more information about this workshop. A reminder email will be sent at the beginning to the spring quarter. In this hands on session, we will be doing some interactive activities, where together we will look over some international students’ writing and discuss the most efficient ways that we can respond and evaluate international studentsâ€™ writing.
Thanks so much for your attendance and we hope to see you in our upcoming workshops during the Spring quarter!