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FAQ: How are graduate students prepared to teach basic writing? What do students and teachers do in graduate courses that prepare new teachers of basic writing? (A collection of materials, initially gathered and assembled by Shannon Carter.)

About this CompFAQs resource: (by Shannon Carter)

The Basic Writing SIG at 4Cs, in March, 2006, sparked an exciting discussion about graduate study in the field. In fact, that very conversation continued online as Lynn Troyka and others organized panels for next year’s 4Cs on the subject of grad study in basic writing. In that spirit, I requested syllabi and other grad course ideas from the many members of the list that have taught such courses. Among the materials I collected are Linda Adler-Kassner’s course design (see her students’ responses to the course at Basic Writing.Best Practices and Karen S. Uehling’s list of institutions that offer these grad-level courses. (SC)

This CompFAQs space is a way to share the results of Shannon’s initial query. Further, (and perhaps as important), we invite teachers to continue to share syllabi, add to the list of links, or revise the information already provided.

Using this resource:

(Note: To navigate among the pages, use the links below or those in the side bar on the left.)

If you wish to share your syllabus @ CompFAQs, the following instructions offer a step-by-step guide

  • Complete this form to add to the syllabus list. Please read carefully the instructions on the form page.
  • If you will be sharing a digital copy of your syllabus for others to download, click the “yes” box on the form where you are asked if the syllabus is upoladed and send a copy via email attachment to Glenn (gblalock at grandecom dot net).
  • If your syllabus is available on the web, enter the URL in the form box that asks for the URL link to your online syllabus.
  • If you will share comments to provide context for the syllabus—information about enrollment, about your program, about aspects of the syllabus that might deserve further explanation—check the yes box on the form where it asks if you are providing comments; then comments.
  • Submit your entry. (When you submit your form, you will be asked for a password; it is fa05ll (zero five in middle of “fall”).
  • After you “submit” the form, you will see a page that includes the information you submitted. If you wish to change or add information at that point, click the “Edit Form” link at the bottom right of the page.
  • If the information is correct, you can use the link in the left navigation bar to see the full syllabus list or to navigate to other parts of CompFAQs.
  • If you wish to revise your entry, go to the syllabus list, click on your school’s name, and edit that page by using the “edit form” link at the bottom right of the page. (Remember, password is fa05ll.)

If you have questions about how to add a new entry or how to change information in an entry already on the list, please contact Glenn Blalock <gblalock at grandecom dot net>.


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