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The Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics Speaker Series Presents a Lecture by Christine Tardy

christine-tardy_english-rwl-posterThe Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics Speaker Series presents a lecture by Christine Tardy, Associate Professor of English Applied Linguistics and Director of Second Language Writing at the University of Arizona, on Tuesday, 9/27. Her talk is entitled “Teaching Genre Awareness in First-Year Writing: ‘It’s Complicated and Nuanced, and It Takes a Lot of Time’ ” and will take place from 3:30 to 5:00pm, in McClung 1210-11.

Genre has been considered to be “a major concern in composition scholarship” (Fulkerson 674) for over a decade now. Noting the centrality of genre to academic writing, numerous writing scholars have argued for genre-based instruction that raises students’ genre awareness, developing their rhetorical flexibility in writing within and across the university curriculum. Despite the theoretical appeal of such an approach, though, it remains challenging to implement within the institutional realities of first-year writing. This talk shares the perspectives of new and experienced composition instructors implementing a genre approach over two semesters of teaching. Tardy will highlight some of the challenges and rewards that the teachers experienced and consider the implications of their perspectives for writing program teacher preparation and curriculum development.

Christine Tardy is an Associate Professor of English Applied Linguistics at the University of Arizona, where she also serves as the Writing Program’s Director of Second Language Writing. She has published widely in areas such as second language writing, genre theory and pedagogy, disciplinary writing, and policies and politics of English. Her recent books include Beyond Convention: Genre Innovation in Academic Writing (University of Michigan Press, 2015) and Ethnographic Perspectives on Academic Writing (Oxford University Press, 2015, co-authored with Brian Paltridge and Sue Starfield). She has also co-edited the Journal of Second Language Writing since 2011.

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