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CCOG for WR 180 Fall 2023

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Course Number:
WR 180
Course Title:
Composition Conferencing and Tutoring
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Course Description

Explores the techniques and philosophies involved in one-on-one tutoring with students on their writing and reading projects. Provides opportunities for practice of skills learned in the classroom. Prepares students for the work they would find in reading and writing centers. Audit Available. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the pedagogical theories underlying tutoring practice.
  • Recognize the common challenges that students face in their reading/writing assignments.
  • Employ culturally responsive tutoring strategies.
  • Create and employ strategies for addressing challenges students face in their reading/writing assignments.

Course Activities and Design

Course activities may include:

  • Read, discuss and write about composition theory
  • Observe and reflect upon experienced tutors at work

  • Practice using directive and indirective methods of tutoring.

  • Keep and maintain a log of their activities

  • Facilitate the client’s discovery of writing solutions  

  • Self-evaluate their relative success as tutors

  • Practice the use of the tools (handbooks, word processors,
    grammar  practice programs, documentation formats) of a Reading &
    Writing Center

  • Identify the special needs of non-native speakers 

  • Practice one-to-one conferencing in the Reading & Writing Center under the
    supervision of the Director or one of the professional staff.

  • Meet with a variety of faculty tutors with different areas of expertise

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The course grade is determined by appraisal of the student's written
work, performance in class, and guided tutoring practice in the Writing Center. 
Instructor will meet with each student in individual conference at
least once during the quarter for the purpose of assessment.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Learning Center theory, writing center pedagogy, culturally responsive pedagogy, directive versus indirective tutoring, the role of the peer tutor ,reading and writing as intersecting practices, the "myth of standard English, an anti-racist understanding of written English, tutoring practices for non-native speakers, self-evaluation, writing as a process, active reading strategies, revision strategies, professionalism, confidentiality of the student’s work, and more.