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ERIC Number: ED439426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-25
Pages: 11
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Fewer Tutorials and More Large-Class Workshops in the Teaching of Academic Writing. The Use of Model Examples in a Workshop Pedagogy.
Rienecker, Lotte; Jorgensen, Peter Stray
This paper profiles the Academic Writing Center at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, which, although influenced by writing centers in American universities, is less dependent on tutorials. The university writing center has only three academicians for 13,000 students, and most of their time is spent teaching how-to-do-it workshops and classes (up to 180 participants per session). The paper lists the seven main topics of the basic course--each 3-hour session has elements of both lecturing and workshop, and participants are university students representing all levels from first year to Ph.D. in all 25 university disciplines. In all teaching, two workshop elements are included: (1) on-the-spot writing and sharing; and (2) commenting on short model examples of student writing by the students and the teacher. Illustrative examples of students' research questions and teacher comments are included in the paper, as is an outline of what good academic language consists of. The paper discusses why the simple teaching sequence is such a useful teaching strategy and points out three advantages of using model examples in large class workshops. Teaching large classes and workshops for writers of major projects is an invaluable, economical, and visible introduction to academic writing which leaves many tutorials unnecessary. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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