Thinking Writing in the Humanities
Dr Felicity Rash, Dr Kirsteen Anderson.
The aim of this group-secondment has been to develop one or more possible models of pilot projects for writing courses in English within the School of Modern Languages (SML). Our presentation will give details of our deliberations and conclusions, and of our observation of existing writing courses within Queen Mary, University of London.
In recent years many of the SML's staff have noticed that students, First Year students in particular, are becoming confident at writing. We see part of the problem as stemming from recent changes in forms of literacy, in particular those precepitated by ever-increasing use of the Internet, and by the fact that Secondary Schools require children to read very few books. This problem is particularly acute within the SML, as the school admits a large number of students who are not native speakers of English, from countries where plagiarism is widely accepted. While we do not expect to teach these students English within a writing course, we do find that foreign students benefit from extra tuition in writing skills. We also recognize that all writers of prose, however experienced, can benefit from critical self-reflection on their writing. QMUL also espouses a philosophy of "Widening Participation'' which is intended to facilitate access to students from age-groups and social backgrounds not traditionally regarded as he normal constituency of a University. A Thinking Writing Course would help such students in their transition from a variety of occupations to a learning environment
Dr Felicity Rash (United Kingdom)
Reader in German
School of Modern Languages
Dr Kirsteen Anderson (United Kingdom)
(60 min. Workshop, English)