PWR's Blog Posts

BBC Pidgin

Overview: Students (in small groups) pick any article from BBC Pidgin (a digital platform in English-based Pidgin for West and Central Africa) and translate it to be most appealing to their target audience. That can be whatever it means at that time in the quarter—e.g., a voice in the conversation (PWR 1) or oral delivery from written text (PWR 2).

Online Research Mixer

Overview of the activity: Instructors designed an online workshop (research mixer) between freshmen composition students at Stanford University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The session lasts for 60 minutes including the introduction, peer-reviewing, and closing remarks. During the session, students will get the opportunity to introduce their research projects and provide and receive feedback on their drafts. 

Activity title: Online Research Mixer.

Sentence Imitation with a Cultural Rhetorics Twist

Overview: This activity puts a cultural rhetorics twist on sentence imitation—the pedagogy that seeks to expand students’ stylistic awareness and ability by having them imitate a wide variety of sentence structures. Typically, instructors who use sentence imitation ask students to imitate sentences by famous authors throughout history.

Instructor News: March 2018

Read below for some of the highlights of our colleagues' accomplishments in the past few months.

The HumBio newsletter featured Shay Brawn in their most recent issue, focusing on the work she's done supporting faculty and students and consulting on assignments and curricular design (see p. 2 of the article for the part that focuses on Shay).

Bringing Cultural Rhetorics into the Classroom

Building on PWR’s exploration of cultural rhetorics during September Sessions, Program Meetings, and guest lectures this year, the Teaching and Tutoring Practices Committee is happy to showcase four teaching activities that provide ideas for how to integrate cultural rhetorics into our pedagogy.

Winter 2018 Committee Updates

Since September, the PWR committees have been hard at work to support the lecturers, students, and the program -- sometimes through major initiatives and sometimes through other smaller-scale, but nevertheless important, projects.   Read on below to see what they've been working on so far this year.