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Saturday, November 19 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
SATURDAY PLENARY - Stuck in the Past, or Embracing the Future? Preparing L2 Students for Academic & Professional Writing Contexts

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Being able to write effectively for academic and professional purposes is more important than ever for L2 students, especially those educated in California. Are L2 writing programs stuck in the past when it comes to college preparatory writing (and reading) instruction? This plenary session will review the past, spotlight the present, and forecast the future with regard to L2 academic literacy instruction, focusing particularly at the postsecondary level. It will highlight the lingering controversy around the role of the “five-paragraph essay,” discuss the importance of reading and vocabulary strategy instruction, and discuss the always lively issue of grammar instruction and error feedback in the writing class. This will be a highly practical session with (it is hoped) something for everyone.

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Dana Ferris

Professor & Director, University of California, Davis
Dana R. Ferris, Professor and Director of the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis, has had a wide-ranging career as a teacher, teacher-educator, researcher, writer, editor, and writing program administrator. Her books and articles have focused primarily... Read More →

Saturday November 19, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm PST
California-Golden West