Teaching Writing in the Foreign Language Classroom

Professor Claudia Lynn, German

Tuesday, March 4 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Bridget Swanson, CTL Graduate Fellow, Germanic Languages and Literatures

Location: The Max Kade Center, Room 329 A (3401 Walnut St.)

Summary: Meaningful communication is at the heart of foreign language education. Because of this, writing assignments often constitute a core course component. Whereas content and style are key in most native language-based classes, students in foreign language setting face an additional set of challenges: they must demonstrate grammatical control, semantic precision, syntactical accuracy, and stylistic awareness in a language and culture quite literally foreign to them. How can instructors create writing assignments that are level appropriate and meaningful? What strategies can they use to foster the skills students need in order to write effectively and independently? What methods of evaluation best support student progress? In this workshop, language program coordinator Claudia Lynn will discuss how to:

design and scaffold classroom activities for L2 writing create focused and clearly articulated L2 writing prompts provide oral and written feedback select appropriate assessment tools

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the German department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.