UMass students bring a wide range of language backgrounds and writing practices informed by cultural heritage and past experiences to classes. Part of designing an inclusive classroom involves recognizing and building on students’ diverse language and writing experiences, or we risk racializing and alienating them. As teachers, we face challenging questions: How can we design assignments and class activities that encourage students to recognize and draw from their language and writing backgrounds? What possible tensions might we find between a student’s ethnic discourses and a teacher’s expectations for writing in a course, and how can we address these tensions through our course design and classroom practices?
Join Prof. Haivan Hoang (English) and Florianne Jimenez (English/Writing Center) for an interactive workshop where we will share best practices for designing linguistically and racially inclusive classrooms and facilitate discussion about specific approaches to assignments and class activities.
- Share best practices for designing writing-based activities that are inclusive of diverse language and writing backgrounds.
- Practice developing inclusive teaching strategies by discussing scenarios that feature language and/or writing differences rooted in ethnicity and/or race.
Who should attend? All faculty and graduate student TAs/TOs
Haivan Hoang, Associate Professor in the Department of English, has centered her scholarship and teaching on how racial legacies impact literacy and literacy education. She has directed the Writing Center (2008-10) and Writing Program (2011-16), was awarded the university’s 2017 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and is currently engaged with the 2018-19 UWRITE Mutual Mentoring Team’s conversations about teaching junior-year writing courses.
Florianne Jimenez, a PhD student in the Department of English, has focused her scholarship and writing on multilingualism and postcolonial legacies of English. She has been involved with multilingual students through her work as Basic Writing and Placement Coordinator at the Writing Program (2016-2017), Multilingual Consultant at the Writing Center (2017-2018), and currently Assistant Director at the Writing Center. She has also written about language diversity and academia for InsideHigherEd’s Gradhacker.
This event is part of the monthly Diversity Lunch Talks offered by The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) through its Diversity & Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Series. Pizza and salad for lunch will be provided.