Writing & Rhetoric Across Borders Speaker Series – Dr. Dana Ferris

Speaker Series LogoLecture Title: Addressing Language Error in Multilingual Student Writing: If, Why, How
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm reception; 6:00-7:30 pm talk and discussion
Location: TBA

The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse is excited to announce a public guest lecture by Dr. Dana Ferris, as part of the Writing & Rhetoric Across Borders Speaker Series.

Dana Ferris has a M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern California. She is currently Professor in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis, where she directs the first-year writing program, prepares teachers, and teaches advanced writing courses and doctoral seminars.

Her research has focused on teaching second language writers and readers, response to student writing, and error correction.  Her most recent books are Treatment of Error in Second Language Student Writing (2nd Ed., Michigan, 2011) and Written Corrective Feedback in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (with John Bitchener, Routledge, 2012). She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Second Language Writing and Language Teaching Research and is the Teaching Issues editor for the TESOL Quarterly. She also serves on the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing.

Addressing Language Error in Multilingual Student Writing:  If, Why, How
Abstract: One of the most controversial issues in the teaching of second language (L2) writers is whether or not to correct (or otherwise address) language errors in their texts. This talk will briefly review the history of this contentious issue (which includes strands of research in both composition and applied linguistics), summarizing the latest research with a list of findings for teachers and future researchers to consider. The presenter will also share findings from her two latest research projects, both of which touch on the question of error in different ways. Though there will be some very brief summary of theory and research, this talk will primarily focus on practical applications for classroom teachers of L2 writers and for program administrators and teacher educators.

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