TESOL 2013 Presentations on Graduate Student Writing

You can find all the PowerPoints and handouts from my sessions at TESOL 2013 in Dallas  here. To recap, they were:

Teaching the Genres of Graduate Writing

with Christine Feak, University of Michigan

Writing is both essential and challenge for graduate students. This hands-on workshop demonstrates a toolbox of techniques for teaching the genres of graduate writing. Learn how your students can identify and analyze genres, build a mini corpus, and benefit from collaborative writing. Adaptations for participants’ teaching contexts will be discussed. (PowerPoint and references)

Grammar Choices that Matter in Academic Writing

coverIntroducing my textbook, Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers (University of Michigan Press, 2012). You can read more about the book here.

Roundtable Discussion: Supporting ESL Graduate Students

Notes from the discussion will be published here soon. We had a great discussion with colleagues from around the country and as far away as Ukraine. If you’d like to be part of the ongoing conversation about supporting (ESL) graduate students, please contact me; I’m going to set up a listserv.

And now to the holy land of Second-Language Writing … Purdue, Indiana

Photo credit: Major Clanger on Flickr

Every academic discipline has its place of origin. For genetics, it’s the Eagle pub in Cambridge, where Watson and Crick allegedly doodled the first double helix over a tepid pint (at least that’s what a plaque on the wall claims). For second-language writing, it’s Purdue University, home of the founding fathers/mothers of the field, and I’ll be making my first pilgrimage there in a few weeks for the Second Language Writing Symposium.

My paper is called “Collaborative Writing in the Preparation of Graduate Writers” (which I now realize is an irritatingly repetitive title), and I’ll be talking about the research I’ve been conducting into the technique known as joint construction with my pre-MBA students at UD. Sorry, at a mid-Atlantic research-intensive public university. PowerPoint and references will be posted here soon.

And in case any readers are still following the gestation of Grammar Choices, it is now at the printers and will be unleashed on the world in September.

TESOL 2012: Making Grammar Choices in Academic Writing


This is a recording of my session at TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia introducing my forthcoming textbook, “Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Students.” Thanks to the ELI’s videographer, Lowell Riethmuller!

This is a recording of my session at TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia introducing my forthcoming textbook, Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers from the University of Michigan Press (UPDATE: published, September 2012). Thanks to the ELI’s videographer, Lowell Riethmuller! You can also download the handout and other materials.

(Yes, I know the still image in the video frame looks like I’m performing a one-man show of Animal Farm, but I can’t seem to change it!  I’m surprisingly normal in the rest of it.)

Graduate Writing Sessions at TESOL 2012

If you’re in the great city of Philadelphia for TESOL 2012, please join me for two presentations on teaching graduate writing:

  • Making Grammar Choices in Advanced Academic Writing (introducing my new textbook, Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers from the University of Michigan Press). Thursday, 4pm, room 118B.
  • Preparing for Excellence: Strategies for Teaching Graduate Writing with Chris Feak, Grace Canseco, and Jennifer Greer. Friday, 10am, Marriot Independence Ballroom I.

Handouts, PowerPoints, and bibliographies available here.

Graduate Writing Panel at CCCC

UPDATED 3/25/12:  Steve Simpson, Anne Zanzucchi, Christine Feak, and I closed down the Conference on College Composition and Communication (literally, we were the last session!) with our panel, Preparing and Supporting Graduate Student Writers across the Curriculum. In our session, we talked about a dissertation boot camp, joint construction in the language classroom,  the use of peer review with native and non-native speakers, and the benefits of genre-based pedagogy as we considered how our universities can help all graduate students turn from novice writers into proficient writers and may even expert writers.

Our handouts and PowerPoints are available here.

Comments, responses, and questions are welcomed! You can reply to this post, and I’ll be sure to share your feedback with the other speakers. You can also send me a private message.

Conferences coming up…

I’ll be presenting at these conferences in the coming months. Stop by and say hallo!

Penn-TESOL-East 2010 Fall Conference

I just got back from the Penn-TESOL-East 2010 Fall conference on the beautiful campus of Penn State-Abington, where I presented the latest version of my anti-5-paragraph-essay crusade: “Real Writers Don’t Do It in Five Paragraphs: Content-First Approaches to Academic Writing.” That’s what happens if you don’t give a word limit for presentation titles!

You can view and download my PowerPoint slides and handouts from this page. (Yes, those would be the PowerPoint slides I couldn’t show because my laptop died.) If you were there, I hope you enjoyed this demonstration of the dangers of using technology in conference presentations. Where are my OHP pens …?

Feel free to leave a comment about the session or the materials!