Speaking in the Disciplines: A “Precedents” Archive for Teaching and Learning Oral Genres

TitleSpeaking in the Disciplines: A “Precedents” Archive for Teaching and Learning Oral Genres
Faculty/College/UnitArts
StatusActive
Duration2 Year
Initiation04/01/2019
Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2019/2020
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorMoberley Luger
Year 1: Funded Amount24,853
Year 1: Team Members

Moberley Luger, Lecturer, Coordinated Arts Program and English, Faculty of Arts
Laurie McNeill, Senior Instructor, English / Chair, First-Year Programs, Faculty of Arts
Tom Kemple, Professor, Sociology, Faculty of Arts

Year 1: Summary

First-Year Programs in the Faculty of Arts take a “Writing in the Disciplines” approach to teaching academic communication, inviting students to see the specific and diverse moves that scholars make in presenting their research. Yet while students have access to many precedents for scholarly writing, they have few precedents for scholarly speaking. In keeping with Giltrow et al’s claim that new genres should be taught through “practice and precedent,” this project will provide students with models for oral academic discourse. It will create an open-access website featuring: (1) a video archive of presentations from the annual, multi-disciplinary, CAP student conference; (2) a database aggregating information about selected presentations and colloquia taking place on campus; (3) coordinated curricular materials on presentations for students and faculty. By aligning academic writing and speaking pedagogies, the project will enhance learning outcomes in first year and beyond by helping students successfully to inhabit the speaking styles of the university.