Friday, 17 October 2014

FW: Improving Student Writing: Genre Awareness, Threshold Concepts, and Transfer


Thursday 23 October, 1.00-2.30     Mile End campus Library, Meeting Room 3, 2nd floor

‘Improving Student Writing: Genre Awareness, Threshold Concepts, and Transfer’     Dr Irene Clark, California State University Northridge .

This presentation will discuss possibilities for improving student writing by enabling students to apply or transfer what they know about writing to other writing contexts, both academic and professional. Focusing on the concept of transfer, which has become a significant issue in recent Composition scholarship, the presentation will discuss the usefulness of two concepts with potential applicability for classroom use: genre awareness and threshold concepts. The presentation will suggest strategies deriving from these concepts that writers and teachers might find useful in promoting transferability and encourage members of the audience to share their thoughts about student writing.

(Irene is a Professor of English and Director of Composition at CSUN. She was previously Director of the Writing Centre at the University of Southern California and is the author of ‘Writing in the Center’ – now in its fourth edition.)

Please send me an email if you’d like to come along. Some simple lunch will be available to those who let me know by Tuesday! (

For further events see:



Sally Mitchell

Head of Learning Development

Learning Development, Student Services Directorate

Mile End Library

Queen Mary, University of London

Mile End Road, London

E1 4NS



Tel: +44 (0)20  7882 2833


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