Call for Papers: Re-Imagining First Year Composition
41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure
In this roundtable, we will consider the phenomenon of First-Year Composition and instructors’ diverse interpretations of what its purpose is and ought to be.
Non-composition faculty sometimes hope/demand that freshman composition will teach students all that they will ever need to know about “good writing.” Composition faculty wrestle with what its subject or content is—as the numerous anthologies available suggest, it is potentially a course in rhetoric, literature, history, women’s studies, social issues, and popular culture—not to mention grammar, MLA citation format, and all of the high school-to-college “transition” issues that don’t get addressed in First-Year Seminar. How can First-Year Composition be all things to all people? What do students, and faculty teaching the course, want and need it to be? In this session, participants will discuss how they have met the demands of the course’s various constituents, including non-composition faculty and students, and will share innovative approaches they have experimented with as they have re-envisioned the course. Presenters and audience will take away concrete suggestions for making the First-Year Composition experience at their respective institutions more effective, specific, challenging—and enjoyable.
Please send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements via email to Prof. Carol-Ann Farkas, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2009.
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)
NEMLA's 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
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