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February 11, 2013

CIE workshop to focus on teaching ESL written communication

Purdue instructors and teaching assistants can learn about best practices, scholarship of teaching and learning, and resources to address the growing international student population at Purdue in seminars offered by the Center for Instructional Excellence.

As past of the series, Linda Bergmann, director of the Purdue Writing Lab, and Vicki Kennell, English as a Second Language specialist in the Writing Lab, will present "Best Practices and Resources for Teaching ESL Written Communication" from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 14) in Stewart Center, Room 314.

Developing proficiency in the written discourse of academia in general and within a student's specific discipline is foundational to a university undergraduate degree. Bergmann and Kennell will address how instructors can help students for whom English is not their native language meet this learning outcome. Topics will include understanding and supporting ESL writers, assessing ESL writing, and resources available to instructors and students through the Writing Lab and Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Faculty and staff, and graduate students who are currently teaching -- or those who plan to teach in the future -- are welcome to attend. To register for sessions, go to http://cie2sp13.eventbrite.com/.

 For more information, email cie@purdue.edu or call 49-66422.