Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
Course Descriptions

This course is designed especially for Graduate Teaching Assistants in the University of Memphis’s First-Year Composition program––though interested graduate students from across the university may enroll––and seeks to provide the rudiments of teaching composition at the college level. Participants are introduced to some key disciplinary concepts in Rhetoric and Composition as a means of exploring pedagogical strategies and theoretical considerations important in the processes of writing.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Employ effective pedagogical strategies for teaching writing processes;

  • Distinguish between more effective and less effective writing instruction;

  • Design a composition course consistent with desired learning outcomes;

  • Recognize the theoretical underpinnings of your own and others’ writing pedagogy.


Students are enrolled by instructor permit.

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