I call all the stuff related to mechanics--"Strategies for editing." It is
usually at the final stages of a project that I introduce these features
(important but distracting). Talking about them as "strategies for editing"
helps to defuse the anxiety they generate, but I still get to teach them. I
usually divide them into two groups--the more deep structure stuff (syntax
for which some grammar is needed) and then surface structure stuff ( usage
As to writing programs, I think it depends on how "writing" is defined.
If you are talking undergraduate, academic writing then I would think about
Winnipeg, Carleton, St. Thomas, Calgary (Doug's program). McGill would fit
in here too. Possibly Laurentian.
If you are talking professonal writing then I would think about Waterloo.
And then, of course, there are specialized writing programs for specific
disciplines--and there I would think about Toronto and Carleton's
engineering writing programs.
And then, of course, there are programs that study writing. There your
program has had an impact as has UBC, Carleton and McGill. I suppose our
program has had impact as well.
And I have probably forgotten some programs who I hope will now chime in and
But I don't think there is one program in Canada that does it all. Some
well developed bits and pieces here and there.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Coe" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2002 4:36 PM
Subject: two queries
> Hi all,
> I hope you all had good holidays and that 2002 is starting well for you.
> I also hope someone can help me with two matters.
> 1. My students use the term "grammar" to include usage, punctuation,
> etc. As I understand it, the word _grammar_ actually refers only to the
> rules of syntax.
> Does anyone know a term that would replace my current chant: grammar,
> usage, punctuation, spelling, mechanics and I think one other term I can't
> remember at the moment? Mechanics I understand style guide stuff on paper
> size, formatting, etc. (Should it also include the format of
> citations?) Surely there must be on term for all this rhetorically
> important surface stuff.
> 2. This question is trickier. The chair of our senate committee which is
> considering writing instruction at SFU (including writing-intensive
> courses, supported by us, in other departments). And he asks, what is the
> exemplary writing program in Canada. Let me modify that to this: to
> Canadian writing programs would you direct a person engaged in such a
> Thanks for whatever help you can offer.
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