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Teaching Composition

Illinois State University Course Number: English 402, Section 2
Semester: Fall 2008
Instructor: Bob Broad, Professor of English
Course meeting times: Wednesdays 5:30 to 8:20 p.m.
Course meeting places: Stevenson 408 and 409

Course Overview

This course challenges participants to weave together the scholarship and practice of teaching college-level composition.  We will read some of the history, research, and theory of composition and assess that scholarship in light of our teaching practices—and vice versa. 

 Course participants will:

  1. Learn theoretical principles underlying the teaching of composition at Illinois State University and elsewhere;
  2. Develop a teaching portfolio as a means of becoming a reflective practitioner of composition instruction;
  3. Translate composition theory and research into strong teaching: activities, assignments, curricular units, and assessment practices;
  4. Critically and appreciatively assess assignments, classroom activities, and units designed by other instructors; 
  5. Understand how theory and research inform practices in teaching composition; and
  6. Understand how teaching practices inform theory and research in composition studies. 

Course Format

Naj Tunich cave recordsWe will read books and articles about teaching composition. We will write informally and formally, and share our readings, writings, resources, and ideas during and between class meetings.

To establish a broad basis of professional knowledge regarding the teaching of college-level writing, course participants will assemble a teaching portfolio containing various texts in which they explore intersections of the history, theory, research, and teaching of composition. 

Whenever possible, research done for this course should be linked to participants’ plans for future teaching, internships, theses, dissertations, articles, books, and other professional responsibilities. 



Students with Disabilities

Any student needing to arrange a reasonable accommodation for a documented disability should immediately contact Disability Concerns at 350 Fell Hall, 438-5853 (voice), 438-8620 (TTY).

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