Special Spring 2019 Courses in Writing and Speech

WRIT 19: Multilingual Academic Writing in Higher Education

 with Betsy Tremmel, Timeslot: 12. Distrib: SOC. (pending approval by COI)

In this advanced writing course, we will explore select research investigating multilingual academic writing in higher education, focusing on some specific challenges that fields such as second language acquisition and second language writing face. In the first two weeks, we will discuss the limitations and complexities of terminology, including ways we refer to individuals learning and using language (e.g., non-native, ESL learner, bilingual), the type of language being learned (e.g., L1, L2, second, foreign), and ways to define writing (e.g., translingual writing, multimodal writing). In Weeks 3-4 we will read and discuss theories conceptualizing how writing is learned by multilingual writers—including situated learning, communities of practice, and language socialization. We will then turn, in Weeks 5-7, to theoretical and empirical works that examine how multilingual writers negotiate specific academic language practices and the challenges experienced both by researchers and practitioners in addressing these negotiations. We will end the term considering the possibilities and challenges of applying the theory we have read to pedagogical practice and policy.

Link to page with more information on course: https://writing-speech.dartmouth.edu/curriculum/writing-courses/writ-19-multilingual-academic-writing-higher-education

WRIT 44.01: Scientific Writing & Communication in the Life Sciences

with Sarah B. Smith, Timeslot: 12. Distrib: ART.

Writing is a critical part of the scientific research process. Publishing results that influence others and writing proposals that get funded are essential to success in science. This course, designed for majors in the life sciences (Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Science, Biochemistry, Psychology, etc.), will focus on the fundamentals of effective written and oral communication in these fields. Students will critically evaluate the writing found in published literature, refine their understanding of the structure and style of scientific research papers, learn the basics of writing grant proposals, engage in peer review activities, and develop abilities for clear and engaging presentations. 

Link to page with more information on course, including sample syllabus: https://writing-speech.dartmouth.edu/curriculum/writing-courses/writing-44-topics-writing-and-science

WRIT 44.02: Science & Technology Writing & Presentation

with Rachel Obbard, Timeslot: 10A. Distrib: ART.

In science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, your ability to present data and information in different genres and media will be important to your professional success. Writing, revision, and presentation are key components in the design process, which requires both internal and external communication. This course focuses on individual work within and across disciplines including creative research, literature reviews, papers, grant proposals, poster design, and media driven presentations. Assignments may be adapted for students already at work on research projects in their discipline. As the design process is also collaborative, assignments offer occasional opportunities to work in teams. 

Link to page with more information on course, including sample syllabus: https://writing-speech.dartmouth.edu/curriculum/writing-courses/writing-44-topics-writing-and-science


SPEE 30: Speechwriting

with Joshua Compton, Timeslot: 10A. Distrib: ART.

This course explores speechwriting as a process. Students will work independently and in peer groups to write speeches for themselves and for others. Students will also deliver speeches. Throughout the course, students will compare speechwriting with other types of writing, celebrating the unique challenges of writing for the ear. No prerequisites. Limited enrollment.

Link to page with more information on course: https://writing-speech.dartmouth.edu/curriculum/speech-courses/speech-30-speechwriting