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Grit City Think & Drink: The Literacies of College Students

April 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Stop Calling Them Deficient: Understanding the Complexities of Reading, Writing, and Language Practices of First-Year College Students with Alison Cardinal, UW Tacoma.

As teachers seek to develop curriculum for diverse student bodies, there is a need to develop curricula that draw on what students bring with them to the classroom. This talk presents findings from a longitudinal research study that investigated the strengths that students bring with them to the university classroom. Specifically, the study looked at students’ incoming literacies, or the kinds of reading, writing, translating, and communicating practices students use in their everyday lives using videos they took of their literacy practices across the contexts of school, work, home, and community.

Alison Cardinal is a lecturer at the University of Washington Tacoma and a Ph.D. candidate in Language and Rhetoric at the University of Washington. She has been teaching writing for over a decade in Washington and Oregon. Her expertise include composition studies, sociolinguistics, critical theory and qualitative research methods.


April 10, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Swiss Restaurant & Pub
1904 Jefferson Ave
Tacoma, WA United States
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