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TESL/TEFL Advocacy Week speaker

April 7, 2013

Find out about a U.S. National Science Foundation-supported project that looked at a discipline-specific intensive-writing course that bridged the gap between more general academic writing and disciplinary writing.

Fredericka Stoller has won numerous awards as a professor of applied linguistics.Thursday, April 18
4:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center
North Ballroom

Professor Fredricka Stoller from Northern Arizona University is the 2013 TESL/TEFL Advocacy Week Speaker. This event is free and open to the public.

Stoller will speak about "Interdisciplinary collaboration: The best path to meet students’ discipline-specific literacy needs."

Writing for specific disciplines

Few university students, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, possess the literacy skills necessary to write effectively in discipline-specific genres. This lack of preparedness exists in part because literacy-skills development is not an integral part of university curricula across the disciplines.

This presentation reports on a U.S. National Science Foundation-supported interdisciplinary project (applied linguistics/chemistry) that has involved three major components, specifically, the:

  1. analysis of the language of chemistry in two genres (i.e., the journal article and research proposal) and one genre chain (i.e., the conference abstract and poster),
  2. design of a discipline-specific intensive-writing course that bridges the gap between more general academic writing and disciplinary writing, and
  3. development of discipline-specific instructional materials.

Contributions from subfields

Various subfields of applied linguistics were drawn upon to achieve the goals of the interdisciplinary project, including discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, curriculum and syllabus design, language teaching pedagogy, language teacher training, and assessment.

Contributions from each subfield and implications for other disciplinary areas are explored. Tips for successful interdisciplinary partnerships will also be offered.

 This event is being organized by the TESL/TEFL GSA and sponsored by the:

  • Lory Student Center Diversity Grant
  • Department of English, CLA

Contact: Tony Becker and Fabiola Ehlers-Zavala
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Phone: (970) 397-8834