Saturday, September 19, 2015

The need for a support program


I have tried to show that teaching writing in a humanities class it is to integrate this topic in situations where the teacher guides the students in the production of academic texts. While this experience has been highly valued by the students and by the teacher who is practicing it, it's not a popular practice that transcends the classes in which it occurs, and has no institutional support. Few teachers and university authorities in our environment are aware that reading and writing are one of the main skills to be learned and taught when you learn and teach a specific subject: on the contrary, understanding and writing texts are considered only as a transparent medium for acquiring the concepts in the curriculum.
To extend this idea to teachers of other subjects, who do not have experience in teaching how to understand and produce texts, would require the creation of a "support program for reading and writing in college", in order to guide teachers according to their needs, offer training, propose models and distribute selected bibliography, and to offer the assistance of an expert that can help to plan and analyze the reading and writing activities that can be undertaken. This is already present in most of Australian, Canadian, and United States universities, which recognize the need to address reading and writing at higher education, that have realized that it's not enough to implement initial workshops that are separated from the classes, and that have overcome a "remedial" conception of teaching reading and writing in college.

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