ENGLISH 494: Writing and Tutoring

Spring, 2002

Course Description

English 494 is a workshop-style course that is intended to train tutors for work in a writing center or for similar one-to-one instruction in writing. As a student in the course, you will engage in a variety of activities designed to encourage you to explore the nature of writing and reading. You will be asked to write and share your own essays, to read and respond to the essays of your classmates and other students, and to talk about writing and reading and how they are taught. You will also spend time in the University at Albany Writing Center, observing tutorials and talking to tutors, and you will share your observations with the rest of us; later in the semester you will participate in one or more tutorials. In addition, you will be asked to read and discuss a modest but wide-ranging selection of readings that are intended to help you think in theoretical and critical terms about writing and the activities of teaching and tutoring writing.

Ultimately, this course is designed to help you become more effective critical readers and writers and to prepare you for work in our Writing Center. You have been selected as part of a small group of students who have been identified as proficient writers and readers with the potential to become effective writing tutors. You might think of the course as professional training for work as a writing center tutor. Accordingly, you will be evaluated in large part on your performance as a professional-in-training. Your performance will help determine whether or not you will eventually be hired on as a tutor in the Writing Center.

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