Day 1 Block 2 Session 5: Course- Embedded Writing Support for International Students: Faculty-Staff Collaborative Approach

Writing Support/International
Research to Practice Session
2:00 PM, Monday 17 May 2021 EDT (45 minutes)
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International students represent the largest and ever-increasing group of multilingual learners in Canadian universities. Academic writing is one of the key barriers for international multilingual students due to new forms of writing tasks and assessment. We identified this barrier in our Faculty, Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. In this session, participants will learn about our process and possible ways of supporting course embedded writing for multilingual students.

We collaborated with two faculty members in two first-year introductory Hospitality courses to provide course embedded, tailored writing support for all students, focusing on multilingual learners. The faculty members offered weekly writing tasks and scaffolding of assignments to support our twofold approach. We trained TAs on writing topics directly related to the courses; weekly Writing Circles were implemented in one of the courses. In addition, individual writing appointments were offered to students where the writing specialist and the faculty members collaborated to ensure that students receive course-specific writing support.

TAs reported increased engagement with writing activities and improvement of writing skills over the course of the term. Students who attended individual writing support reported increased grades on writing assignments and improved writing performance.
Ryerson University
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