What Canadian precedents are there for composition or
technical writing courses aimed at science and social-science students?
There is some interest in the big undergraduate Arts and Science
faculty in setting up such instruction at the
third- or fourth-year level, and we need to learn from others'
experience. (One of our suburban colleges does have a Professional
Writing Programme that is very popular among students but insecure in
I'd welcome answers to the following questions--and to any others
I should have asked.
1. What genres and rhetorical situations do existing courses focus on?
Are they about writing to others in the same field of study, or to
2. Who teaches them? Do disciplinary specialists and writing
specialists ever co-teach such courses?
3. If they are optional, what kinds of students do they attract?
4. Do they help or hinder efforts towards WAC?
Coordinator, Writing Support
University of Toronto
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