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Presentation Response

I attended the tutor presentation on Wednesday, November 9th.  The first of three presenters discussed her women’s and gender studies thesis, the second broke down the article “The Myth of Laziness” into a PowerPoint presentation, and the third talked about … Continue reading

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Sample Paper

Grading and making comments on the sample paper was actually harder than I was expecting it to be.  Many of my tutees complain about how long it takes their professors to grade their papers, and I completely understand their frustration.  … Continue reading

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Postcolonialism Response

In the article Postcolonialism and the Idea of the Writing Center, Bawarshi and Pelkowski made an interesting comparison between writing centers and colonization, although a bit extreme.  The article criticizes writing programs that force students to adhere to an academic … Continue reading

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In the beginning of the article Cultural Conflicts in the Writing Center: Expectations and Assumptions of ESL Students, Muriel Harris introduces the importance of listening to and learning from ESL students.  I have tutored a lot of ESL students since … Continue reading

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In this essay, Noguchi questions whether formal grammar instruction belongs in school curriculums. I think that everyone should have both an explicit knowledge of grammar, which comes from learning formal grammar, but also an implicit knowledge of grammar, which is … Continue reading

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I think that “Says Who? Teaching and Questioning the Rules of Grammar” by Ann Curzan is an interesting read.  One of Curzan’s points is the ridiculousness of “the contested use of singular they.” It is a prescriptive rule that writers … Continue reading

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The Myth of Laziness Response

Laziness is usually thought about in terms of physically labor. How can one be intellectually lazy? I think that Mel Levin raises a lot of interesting points about the way that people think about laziness. Levin suggests that personal interpretation … Continue reading

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