Because of the rapid growth in the number of second language writers in US higher education and the increasing linguistic diversity that all teachers of writing encounter in the classroom, the Second Language Writing Committee is charged to:
- Serving as an official liaison between CCCC and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL);
- Distributing and helping members use the newly revised position statement concerning second language writing issues;
- Identifying, developing and providing resources for CCCC members and other CCCC groups, particularly those working on revisions of CCCC Position Statements so that newly revised Statements reflect an awareness of second language writing issues;
- Putting forth recommendations for the Executive Committee on issues related to second language writing.
- Working with other groups within CCCC that are concerned with related issues of second language writers, transnationalism, and the globalization of writing studies in order to develop theoretical, pedagogical, and research frameworks and connections for interested CCCC members, international disciplinary partner organizations (like TESOL), and the field.
Minutes from the March 2009 Committee Open Meeting (pdf)
November 2010 Update
The Committee on Second Language Writing continues to work closely with the TESOL Second Language Writing Interest Section to coordinate efforts related to second language writing and writers in both professional communities. During the past year, we have worked to distribute and build awareness of the newly revised CCCC Statement on Second Language Writing and Writers to members of both organizations. This is an ongoing effort. For CCCC 2011 in Atlanta, the Committee is organizing two pre-convention workshops that will focus on working with second language writers in writing centers and classrooms. In addition, the Committee on Second Language Writing will host a Special Interest Group meeting at CCCC 2011 that will focus on globalization, multicultural (or contrastive) rhetorics, transnationalism, and second-language writing connections.
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