The most knowledgeable person on this in the writing programs at University of
Toronto is probably Katherine Tiede, who doesn't, I think, subscribe to this
list. I'd be happy to put you in touch with her.
Katherine has done tremendous work in developing the idea of "content-based"
writing as the means to teach ESL. That would stand against the ESL 100 sort
of course because such courses will by nature have a difficult time
finding "content". There's a huge amount of theory about language learning
that supports Katherine's approach. Ultimately, Katherine's work in
Engineering has led to the elimination of the sheltered first year writing
course and integration of all students into the same curriculum.
Katherine has also done some interesting work on plagiarism as a ventriloquist
learning process. A US scholar -- Rose Howard?? -- has published similar work.
Quoting Julie-Ann Stodolny <[log in to unmask]>:
> Hi all,
> Saint Mary's is currently looking into resurrecting an "ESL 100" course,
> which seems like it will focus on how to write an academic essay in
> English (with particular emphasis on plagiarism). I don't have a TESL
> background, so I'm just wondering if any of you have any educated
> thoughts on whether this would be useful or not.
> As a bit of background, Saint Mary's does have a TESL centre, but it is
> geared towards students who will register in the university the
> following year (i.e. a prep school), not for students already attending
> the school. As well, all SMU students have to take one half-year English
> literature course (no composition is taught in it).
> Any thoughts that you might have would be greatly appreciated. Thank
> Julie-Ann Stodolny
> Director, The Writing Centre
> Saint Mary's University
> Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3
> (902) 491-6201
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