Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Gooch, John
Discipline and Number
HUSL 7383 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Teaching First Year Writing

Description of Course:


"Teaching First-Year Writing" is required for teaching assistants in their first semester as instructors of the first-year writing course, RHET 1302, at UTD. The course will address several issues directly related to the practice of teaching first-year writing as well as the many theories informing composition and rhetoric pedagogy. By the end of the semester, students will be able to apply pedagogical theories of rhetoric and composition to their own teaching practices as well as articulate their own philosophies of teaching first-year writing. Students will also be able to design an undergraduate first-year writing/composition course.

**NOTE: Enrollment will be primarily restricted to newly appointed TAs assigned to teach the undergraduate first-year writing requirement at UTD. Instruction in HUSL 7383 will tend to prioritize their immediate issues and concerns related to RHET 1302.**

Required Texts:

Clark, Irene L. et al. Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing. Second edition. Routledge, 2012.

Lindemann, Erika. A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers. Fourth Edition. Oxford University Press, 2001.

Other readings TBD

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Syllabus and course design project
Other requirements TBD

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