Workshop: Exploring Literature with ESL Students

March 30, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In this workshop, ESL Composition teachers at Pitt, Clare Connors, Katie Homar, and Marylou Gramm will share their assignments, pedagogies and outcomes in working on close reading and writing about short stories and poetry with ESL students. We discuss how literary texts offer a special platform for international writers to demonstrate their variously schooled and acculturated ways of reading fiction and to enter literary critical practices in U.S. academic settings. Working with these texts also enables multilingual students to pay close attention to syntax, semantics, narrative structures, and cultural allusions, which in turn helps to nuance their own composition practices. Our course readings include Asian American poetry, which offers particular challenges and opportunities to our university's predominant Asian undergraduate population.