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SPH Writing Support Services: Getting Started: Writing Across Borders / Writing Across the Curriculum

Getting started with SPH Writing Support Services

Listening to the World: Cultural Issues in Academic Writing

Writing Across Borders

Oregon State University's Writing Center has produced "Writing Across Borders," a 3-year documentary project "to help faculty, writing assistants, and other professionals work more productively with international students in writing environments." The overall goal of the project is "to address some of the most significant challenges international students face when writing for American colleges and universities." The content is organized around the following questions:

  • How does culture play out in writing, and how are our expectations shaped by cultural preferences?
  • How do we assess international student writing when we have to grade it alongside the writing of native speakers, and how can we think about surface error in a fair and constructive manner?
  • What kinds of teaching and testing practices disadvantage international students and which help them improve as writers?

Related questions and discussion topics have been produced for faculty development and for writing tutor training.


PDF versions of the Writing Across Borders film's transcript, faculty development handout, and writing tutor training handout are included below:

Video Clips

Three video clips from the Writing Across Borders film, which is posted on YouTube, are provided below:

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Guidelines & Research Articles for Faculty

Designing Writing Assignments

1. These resources describe how to design effective writing assignments to elicit effective student writing: 

2. The Penn State Writing Program Instructor Site offers various resources based on the Little Red Schoolhouse (LRS) approach to writing instruction.

3. The Consortium on Graduate Communication has created the following bibliography "to support instructors who are selecting textbooks or creating or revising curricula or materials for their graduate communication courses."

The WAC Clearinghouse

The WAC Clearinghouse is an educational Web site that publishes open-access journals, books, and other resources for teachers who use writing in their courses.

The WAC Clearinghouse provides a guide, "An Introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum," that offers information about WAC. The guide provides answers to WAC-related questions, such as "Why include writing in my courses?" and "What makes a good writing assignment?"

Model WAC Programs & Help for Faculty

The U.S. News and World Report ranks the best colleges and universities for "Writing in the Disciplines" programs. Model WAC programs that offer extensive resources for faculty, including handbooks and links, are listed below (especially noteworthy programs are shown in bold text):