ESL Workshops: Issues and Strategies in Reading and Writing for International Students

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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This workshop will take ESL students through reading and writing strategies for success in American classes. We will begin with “Contrasting Rhetoric,” a discussion of the impact culture has on writing in response to Oregon State University’s short documentary Writing Across Borders and linguist Carol Severino’s article on contrastive rhetoric. Next, in “Decoding & Engaging,” our goal is to learn reading skills and vocabulary-expanding strategies for comprehending academic texts and practice these techniques by in-depth examination of Severino’s article. Then, in “Applied Rhetoric,” students will develop responses to Severino’s article into ideas for an academic paper and lern how an outline can help structure such an essay within American rhetorical modes. Finally, “Expected Rhetoric” will help expand your understanding of what is expected in a typical college writing assignment by composing a brief (500-750 words) personal response paper to the Severino article, and discover how to assert your ideas and how to critique and credit statements made by others.

Led by Peter Carney, ESL Writing Specialist

Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:00 PM
Limit 30 students
RSVP to mbarrett01@risd.edu

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