English 791 provides an opportunity for you to design (and practice teaching) engaging writing courses that help students achieve the learning outcomes for Emory’s first-year writing program. You will participate in a number of activities central to post-secondary instruction in composition, including outcomes generation and customization, assignment and syllabus development, and scoring guide/rubric development and application. You will respond to sample student papers and conduct lessons and activities that integrate the texts you have selected. You will also observe and reflect on the classroom practices of a peer teaching a first-year course, the one-on-one tutoring practices of a writing-center or ESL tutor, and your own teaching demonstrations (via video capture). These activities are informed by praxis-oriented readings selected to broaden your knowledge of writing instruction in the first-year course and across the curriculum.

By the end of this course you should be able to

  • Explain how composition programs fit into the portfolio of experiences offered by departments, colleges, and universities and how institutional context affects this fit
  • Practice traits of a reflective instructor by evaluating and improving upon what you learn from planning and delivering lessons
  • Develop process-oriented strategies for teaching students to write in various genres about complex ideas and reading materials
  • Use writing to help students practice various critical thinking skills (e.g., analysis, synthesis, critique, interpretation, exemplification, definition, problem solving, and evaluation)
  • Apply techniques that involve students in meaningful collaboration (e.g., peer review)
  • Integrate multimodal composing practices into your instruction
  • Respond helpfully to student writing and develop valid grading tools (e.g., rubrics/scoring guides)
  • Participate constructively in programmatic assessment activities
  • Develop short proposals for internally funded pedagogical grants
  • Explain how classroom research contributes to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) and composition theory