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Engaging Controversies: Written Accents: Multilingual Writers in the Academy

Date: 11/04/2011

Time: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Location: 12 Nicholson Hall

Cost: Free


With an increasingly globalized higher education market, North American universities are seeing steady increases in the number of international students. And ongoing immigration and the growth of multilingual communities continues to bring more multilingual writers to our classrooms. These writers often bring with them a written accent that we must negotiate in teaching and learning. There are ethical, linguistic, and pedagogical debates about where the line between acceptable and unacceptable written accents is drawn. Pat Eliason and Kim Strain, seasoned instructors of composition to multilingual writers and professional writing consultants at the Center for Writing, will co-facilitate a discussion surrounding a short set of readings that explores the issue of written accents.


  • Name: Pamela Flash
  • E-mail: flash@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: Center for Writing

Reservation Information:

Please register at writing.umn.edu/myc4w

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Pamela Flash, Center for Writing, flash@umn.edu, 612.626.7639.


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