Sequencing and Scaffolding Writing and Speaking Assignments

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:00am to 12:30pm

Center for Teaching Excellence UNH 3030, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Presented By: Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, MIT

A main goal of the First-Year Seminars is that students will learn to “engage critically and reflectively in scholarly discourse,” but what kinds of in-class activities will promote this learning? What teaching needs to occur before students can fully engage with writing and speaking assignments? How should assignments change and build on each other over the course of the semester? This workshop will help faculty consider the various concepts and contexts that shape student writing and speaking, and will offer strategies for constructing both the sequence of assignments over a semester, and the instruction that will support and scaffold student learning through those assignments. Working with examples from different disciplines, and with both formal and informal assignments, participants will gain hands-on experience with working backwards from the learning objectives, to designing the assignment sequence, to developing the in-class activities that will promote learning.

Participation in this workshop is limited to registered participants only. All registered participants are required to attend the entire workshop.

Breakfast will be available at 8:30am. Lunch will be provided at the end of the workshop. If you have any specific dietary needs, please do let us know.

Printouts of presentation slides are available upon request.

Please direct all questions and RSVP to

This workshop is a Core Course Development Workshop - for details on the new Core Curriculum and other events, see HERE.

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.


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