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Writing for Speaking

Using Low-stakes Writing Assignments to Foster In-class Discussions

The experience of dead silences and blank stares in the classroom can be remarkably frustrating, for seasoned and freshly minted instructors alike. Generating high-quality class discussions (or sometimes even prompting students to speak at all) is often one of our greatest challenges. Low-stakes writing prompts, when implemented as a regular part of your course’s curriculum, not only help to address this perennial problem but also encourage deeper critical thinking among your students. This workshop will address the use of two paired writing tasks, the “Mini Memo” (pre-class writing) and the “Focus Passage Response” (in-class writing), to help get your students speaking more (and more productively) in your classes.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to

  • design pre-class and in-class writing assignments that foster enriched student engagement and participation
  • to coordinate such assignments with their current teaching practices and preferences
  • develop a plan for evaluating the oral and written work that students produce in response to these assignments

Registration for workshops is mandatory which ensures distribution of pre-workshop materials and maintain accurate attendance records.

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Friday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Alumni Hall, 528
4227 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Event Registration Required

This event requires registration.