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Mark Twain’s Love/Hate Relationships October 2, 2012

… with his typewriter.  Yes, it turns out the Twain-man couldn’t quite untangle his feelings about the revolutionary device.  Mr. Clemens certainly made history when he wrote Tom Sawyer: it was the first-ever typed manuscript to be submitted for publication.  But though he loved his typewriter, he couldn’t bring himself to offer a public endorsement for Remington, the manufacturer, as we see in this letter. (more…)

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Put a Poem in Your Pocket April 20, 2012

The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research’s second installment in celebration of National Poetry Month comes from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. This coming Thursday, April 26th is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Join the celebration by printing out your favorite poem to carry around with you and share with friends.

“Poesía”

Y fue a esa edad… Llegó la poesía (more…)

 

CMWR Celebrates Poetry Across Borders and Boundaries April 13, 2012

We text, we tweet, and we Facebook, but do we lyricize?

Plato argued that “Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history,” and Robert Fitzgerald contended that “Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.”  In our fast-paced, high-speed internet lives we have become expert at rapidly ingesting information and quickly forming first impressions.  But how often do we pay attention?  (more…)

 

Tips For a Successful ELL Tutorial January 31, 2012

I’ve never had a conversation partner appointment, but I’d like to think that I’d know what to do with one.  The UCWbL abounds with strategies for a successful conversation partner appointment, and everyone has ideas of what to say, how to say it, and what to encourage.  We hear about it in WRD class, orientation settings, tip-sheets, and from other tutors.  What these tips didn’t prepare me for was a somewhat difficult (and confusing) writing tutorial with an English language learner – and for a paper outside my discipline, no less.  What do you do when communication breaks down in a face-to-face setting with an ELL student, though?  Your focus is different here – their writing, not their speaking – and yet the tutorial’s dependent on clear and informative conversation.  With that in mind, perhaps there is overlap between the conversation partner appointment and the ELL student face-to-face tutorial, and perhaps strategies designed for the former can be applied to the latter. (more…)