Title

Writing On!

Publication Date

2001

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Paul LeVasseur

Abstract

This paper describes my participation in the development and implementation of an online writing program at Associacao Alumni, a Binational Center in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The program, Writing On!, was Alumni’s first of many online programs that was developed by a team of teachers of writing.

In Chapter One, I narrate my first experience with giving feedback online in a writing program designed for a young Brazilian student who needed to improve his academic writing skills in order to study in the U.S.A. this enriching learning experience planted the seeds of Writing On!.

In Chapter Two, I give an overview of Writing On! and describe the process I underwent, from the germination of the program-meeting with the development team, setting goals and designing tasks-to the actual teaching of the program: assigning tasks and giving feedback to different students online.

In Chapter Three, I discuss the implications of giving instruction in a virtual environment and reflect on the ramifications of the program and how it contributed to my personal growth and development as a teacher of writing.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Discourse and Text Linguistics | First and Second Language Acquisition | Instructional Media Design