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Professor Paul Kei Matsuda to Speak


RWL Matsuda Flyer 

On Thursday, September 5th, the Rhetoric, Writing and Linguistic Speakers Series will present a talk by Professor Paul Kei Matsuda, from 3:30-5:00 pm, in 1210-1211.  Professor Matsuda, a professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University and the President-Elect of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, will speak on the topic “Voice in Written Discourse”

Voice in writing has long been a controversial topic. While it is considered to capture a sense of identity that is often tied to “good writing,” the concept has been notoriously difficult to define, analyze, or teach. Some scholars have also problematized its association with Western individualism, while others have questioned its relevance to academic writing. To address these questions, Professor Matsuda will first present a definition of voice that accounts for various conceptions of this complex notion. He will then present three studies of voice in written discourse—personal as well as academic—to show that the notion of voice can be useful in understanding the construction and negotiation of identity in personal and academic written discourse.

On Friday, September 6th, from 1:00-4:00 pm, in 1210-1211 McClung Tower, Professor Matsuda will conduct a workshop on “Facilitating Language Development in the Writing Classroom.”

Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University. He has published widely on second language writing in various journals and edited collections in applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition and TESOL, and has received a number of prestigious awards for his publications. A sought after speaker, he has presented plenary and keynote talks as well as lectures and workshops in various countries, including China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Qatar, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and throughout the United States. Founding chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and editor of the Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing, he has edited numerous books and special journal issues on second language writing. Currently, he is 2nd Vice President and President-Elect of the American Association for Applied Linguistics.


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