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Classroom in Progress Brownbag

"Classroom in Progress" is a monthly brownbag series where graduate students, faculty members, and others interested in writing instruction come together in an informal environment to share ideas and concerns regarding classroom structures, assignments, activities, policies, and procedures.

The workshop addresses issues that immediately affect teachers and students in writing-intensive classrooms.

Current Brownbag Schedule

The Connection between Ideologies and Language-Learning Success: What Role Does the Teacher Play?

Date: March 21, 2013
Time: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Location: Quinn Room, 114 Wheeler Hall
Facilitators:  Julie Kerekes, Ph.D.

As part of an ongoing study of the role of second language ability and use in internationally educated professionals’ employment trajectories in Canada, in this presentation we will try to understand the language-related experiences of internationally educated engineers seeking employment.

Language mentoring sessions with two focal participants are compared. While both participants learned English as a Foreign Language and immigrated to North America to seek better professional opportunities, their outlooks and outcomes are strikingly different across the following emergent themes: their developing theories about North Americans and North American culture; their perceptions and reports of others’ perceptions regarding their work prospects; and the relationship between their language use, the discursive construction of their mentoring sessions, and their employment trajectories.

After sharing these two participants’ stories, we will look at examples of their language development and the role their mentors played in helping them (or not helping them) to improve their spoken language. We will consider how these interventions compare to what you do, or what you might do, in the classes you teach.


Previous Topics

  • Bringing an Instructor's Writing Talents into the Classroom
  • Responding to Students' Texts
  • Reading in Composition Classrooms
  • Collaborative Writing and Learning in a Portfolio-based Class
  • Evaluating a Text: What Makes Writing Work?
  • Responding to Students' Offensive Comments
  • Scaffolding and Modeling for Students
  • A Case for Dictations in the University Classroom
  • Journal Writing
  • Vocabulary Building for Students
  • Narrative Assignments
  • Using Election Materials in the Writing Classroom
  • From Professional Conference to Classroom Practice
  • Blurters, Dozers, and Smirkers: Managing Classroom Discussions
  • Preparing Students for Portfolios
  • Encouraging Collaboration in the Writing Classroom
  • Reading Practices in Composition Classrooms
  • Teaching Argumentation
  • Teaching Non-Argumentative Texts
  • Narration v. Exposition: A Teaching Demonstration
  • Undiagnosed Learning Disabilities
  • Successful Assignments
  • Socratic Circles
  • Public Speaking
  • Assignment Development
  • Working with Students with Disabilities in a Reading- and Writing-Intensive Course
  • Multimodal Composition for the Digital Age
  • Peer Response Activities, I
  • Introducing Scientific Discourse in the Composition Classroom
  • Personal Narratives
  • Peer Response Activities, II
  • Reading Writing Reflection
  • "What Do I Do When Students . . . "
  • Finding and Defining a Thesis for Text Analysis Essays
  • Addressing Grammar and Punctuation Challenges
  • Locating Logical Arguments
  • Analyzing Visual Texts
  • Analyzing Texts
  • Teaching Text Analysis
  • Using Internet Resources in the Composition Classroom
  • Integrating International Students into Reading- and Writing-Intensive Courses

All brownbag sessions will meet in the CWP Quinn Room in 114 Wheeler Hall. Participants are invited to join us when they can, for as long as they can. Brownbag topic and session schedules will be posted here as information becomes available.

For more information, contact Caroline Cole cmcole@berkeley.edu.



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