Faculty Showcase Examines Cultural Perspectives of Students’ Writing

Posted: October 20, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A faculty showcase lecture, sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Instructional Resource Center, will feature English Language Institute faculty members Adele Camus and Laurie Miller discussing “Understanding of Cultural Perspectives When Assessing Students’ Writing.” The event is held Friday, Oct. 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Innovation Hall, Room 334, and lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by Wednesday.

Camus and Miller will examine common problems in international student writing before examining cultural and rhetorical causes. They will also address the implications of asking students to conform to American standards for written work. The event is aimed at faculty members teaching in disciplines such as nursing, public policy, English, engineering, and management. The discussion will focus on the strategies for reconciling stylistic/cultural differences, so that students can produce acceptable writing in their classes without compromising their cultural identities.

The next faculty showcase will feature Nada Dabbagh, Graduate School of Education, who will discuss the challenges of interfacing between face-to-face and online instruction. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. in Innovation Hall, Room 334.

For more information, contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at (703) 993-8652 or lfathe@mason.gmu.edu.

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