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1 Helping L2 writers respond to writing assignments across the curriculum Part 2 Zuzana Tomaš Eastern Michigan University

2 Overview  Intensive Writing Institute (IWI)  Effective response to assignments: demands on L2 writers.  Popular IWI activities focused on responding to assignments

3 Context  Intensive Writing Institute (IWI)  First year as one intensive undergraduate course and extracurricular activities  Large U.S. (Western) university  Designed in a partnership with the US-Sino Pathway (USSP) program  Targeted new conditionally admitted, Chinese undergraduate students

4 Course design  Hybrid course (four weeks of online course work before the students arrived at the University and two intensive weekends once they were on campus.)  The first weekend session took place before school started and the second session took place the following weekend, after the semester had already begun. This design helped our students with:  Understanding syllabi  Understanding and planning (written) assignments  Contacting professors to ask clarifying questions or arrange for additional help  Navigating the expectations of their courses and professors  Panel with senior international students  Becoming familiar with resources available to help them with their writing assignments (e.g., the tour of the writing center).  Extracurricular activities

5 Course content and objectives  In terms of content, the course had five major sections: 1. understanding and planning for common assignments, 2. implementing feedback, 3. overview of planning, writing strategies, and reading strategies, 4. revision and editing practice, and 5. exploration of cultural and institutional expectations relevant to academic writing.

6 Course ObjectivesHow assessed Students produce writing and receive individualized assessment of their writing and an opportunity to reflect on their specific areas of difficulty.  Completion of writing sample  Summary paper Students become familiar with institutional expectations relevant to academic writing.  Online quiz about students’ understanding of institutional expectations (e.g., plagiarism policy) Students become equipped with important reading and writing strategies.  Notes on a reading  Graphic organizer representing the content of the chapter Students learn to address professors’ writing feedback and improve skills in providing feedback to peers.  Peer review assignment  Revision of summary paper

7 Course ObjectivesHow assessed Students familiarize themselves with available supporting resources.  A brief quiz about available resources Students learn how to communicate their needs to faculty and/or academic advisors.  A revision of an inappropriate to a professor Students prepare for the expected academic challenges relevant to writing.  Completion of a semester writing plan Students are introduced to differences relevant to writing in various disciplines and genres.  In-class activity  Panel presentation with senior international students

8 Student evaluations of the course  Of the 21 students who completed the post- online-sessions survey, 19 (91%) agreed that they had learned something about academic writing  Of the 17 who completed the post-on- campus survey, 14 (82%) agreed that they had learned something new in that portion of the course.

9 Responding to assignments  To respond to assignments effectively, students must be able to:  Understand the assignment and the corresponding assessment or have the confidence and ability to request additional information or clarification about the assignment (from the professor)  Break down the assignment into manageable steps and draw on available resources if necessary  Understand the the guiding principles of the expected genre

10 Popular IWI activities focused on responding to assignments  To respond to assignments effectively, students must be able to:  Understand the assignment and the corresponding assessment or have the confidence and ability to request additional information or clarification about the assignment (from the professor)  What do you want from me?  Break down the assignment into manageable steps and draw on available resources if necessary  Understand the the guiding principles of the expected genre

11 What do you want from me?  Levels: Pre-intermediate, intermediate  Aims: To provide L2 writers with tools to ask for clarification on written assignments, to make students aware of their rights to request additional information about assignments  Class Time: 20 min.  Preparation Time: Five minutes to copy the template and writing assignment prompt  Resources:  Appendix 1: Writing prompt: Select an article related to the topics we’ve discussed in class and summarize it. Make sure you relate the information from the article to the issues covered in the class. Correct formatting is expected!  Appendix 2: template.

12 What do you want from me? cont. Procedure:  Distribute one writing prompt and one template per group.  Ask students to identify any questions they may have about the assignment.  Ask students to write an to a professor Provide support and suggestions as needed while you monitor.

13 Popular IWI activities focused on responding to assignments  To respond to assignments effectively, students must be able to:  Understand the assignment and the corresponding assessment or have the confidence and ability to request additional information or clarification about the assignment (from the professor)  Break down the assignment into manageable steps and draw on available resources if necessary  Mission “A” Assignment  Understand the the guiding principles of the expected genre

14 Mission ‘A’ assignment  Levels: Intermediate, advanced  Aims: To provide support for L2 writers’ planning and completion of assignments  Class Time: minutes  Preparation Time: Five minutes to copy the worksheet  Resources: Worksheet

15 Mission ‘A’ assignment cont. Procedure: 1. Distribute one worksheet per student. 2. Ask students to complete the worksheet. 3. Ask students to compare their answers in small groups. 4. Provide support and suggestions as needed while you monitor.

16 Popular IWI activities focused on responding to assignments  To respond to assignments effectively, students must be able to:  Understand the assignment and the corresponding assessment or have the confidence and ability to request additional information or clarification about the assignment (from the professor)  Break down the assignment into manageable steps and draw on available resources if necessary  Understand the the guiding principles of the expected genre  Match the paper!

17 Match the paper!  Levels: Intermediate, advanced  Aims: To make students aware of differences in genres and assignment expectations  Class Time: 20-30min.  Preparation Time: Ten minutes to copy the papers and cut out the title, assignment guidelines, and the paper excerpt  Resources: Three paper excerpts in the Appendix

18 Match the paper! cont. Procedure:  Distribute a folder that includes 1) the title of each paper, 2) the assignment guidelines, and 3) the assignment excerpt to each group.  Students match the three components correctly.  Have one group representative share the main discussion points on behalf of each group.  Point out any additional genre and assignment features that students have not mentioned.

19 Conclusion A program such as the Intensive Writing Institute that offers students explicit instruction in, extended practice of, and significant feedback on skills related to the English language (particularly academic reading and writing), strategies, and cultural, institutional, and rhetorical knowledge is well placed to improve the success rates of the increasing international student populations in U.S. universities.

20 Acknowledgements  Isabel Gardett co-developed the program  Erin Jensen and Jay Jordan co-taught the course


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