Thanks, Tosh and Roger! I see that your list of questions is meant to
cover a broad range so that the moderators/participants can draw topics
from it. I would suggest replacing the second one about measuring
proficiency with something like "What relationship can be seen between
development of critical thinking skills and development of writing
skills?". Maybe that's what the question about meta-skills was also
getting at. Is there also a place for mentioning student motivation?
Maybe "What attitudinal effects are visible among students in WAC/WID
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Tosh Tachino wrote:
> With Roger's help, this is what I came up with for the proposal.
> Any suggestions before I send it?
> The institutional climate in Canada is somewhat similar to that of the
> U.S. in that we, Canadian scholars, find it worthwhile to attend CCCC.
> However, there are important differences between American and Canadian
> institutional cultures to warrant a space for discussing problems,
> developments, and ideas that are particularly relevant for Canadian
> The proposed SIG meeting will discuss WAC/WID developments, focusing
> on the programmatic initiatives, developments, as well as specific
> approaches in the Canadian context. This session will begin by having
> participants introduce themselves. The moderator will then pose a
> series of discussion questions/issues based on contributions from
> attendees. These discussion questions will be drawn from the follwoing
> - How is the teaching of writing made possible without "teaching
> - How can writing proficiency be assessed in WAC/WID courses?
> - What is the role of writing centers in WAC/WID?
> - What is the inter-faculty relationship between groups teaching writing?
> - How does service learning fit into WID/WAC?
> - What role do meta-skills play in engineering WID/WAC courses?
> - How can writing fellows help in WID/WAC programs?
> Because of shared concerns, We request that the Canadian Caucus SIG
> not be held in the same time slot as the WAC/WID SIG.
> The Canadian Caucus SIG dates back to the 1980s. It has performed an
> important social function in addition to the intellectual exchange
> referred to above. The SIG gives Canadian CCCCs participants a place
> to meet, to talk about sessions they have been to, and for new CCCCs
> members to develop relationships with regular CCCCs attendees. We
> estimate that 20-25 people will attend the SIG session in New York.
> Tosh Tachino, M.A., B.A. Honors
> Ph.D. Student, Iowa State University
> Rhetoric and Professional Communication
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