Workshop: What Does Speaking Have that Writing Needs          

Course ID - CTD0478d

Short Title: Speak/Writing Needs   

 Audience     Faculty
Length of Workshop:        3 hours (1.5 workshop hours and 1.5  Post
    workshop hours)

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.

This workshop, part of a series, is designed to provide writing faculty with strategies for meeting the challenges of today’s first-year composition classroom. Each workshop includes an hour-long web seminar featuring lecture and instruction of a key literacy expert on an important topic. Following the seminar, there will be meaningful interaction and discussion among the participants guided by a CTD facilitator. Finally, participants will complete a required assignment that focuses on reflection and application.

We tend to think of speaking and writing as very different, and we expect similar large differences between spoken and written language. And there are important differences. Writing students are often warned, “Remember you’re writing now, you’re not speaking.” But there are also aspects of spoken language that can help us with our writing. In this Web seminar, Peter Elbow will explore ways to tap into the linguistic knowledge that we have about speaking and use it for a process that most people find much more difficult, writing


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the linguistic and cognitive virtues of speaking and spoken language than can improve writing rather than hinder it 
  • Develop strategies for using the ease of oral language to "speak" as a pedagogical approach to writing instruction
  • Identify the many positive virtues for good writing that can be found in spoken language
  • Teach students how to use intonation in audible spoken language in improving silent writing



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Registration information
Course ID: CTD0478d
Course Title: Speak/Writing Needs 
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

Registration for CT&D workshops are through the Student Information and Registration system.  The process for registering for a CTD workshop will be the same as registering for a regular class at MDC.  

New - Easier registration for workshops

You can access the Registration System and register for a CTD workshop using the same user name and password that use to login to your computer.    Example:   Richard Johnson  would be rjohnson     (You will NOT need to create a separate student myMDC account to register for a CTD workshop

Make a note of the Reference Number for the workshop then go to Registration Instructions

Once you have registered for a class, you can print your schedule.    Please make every effort to attend once you've registered as seats are limited.     However, If you need to drop, you can also do this through the Web Registration screen.     CTD classes will appear on your transcript as non-credit classes.

If you need special assistance to participate in this workshop due to a disability, please call CT&D at 7-2366 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  College Training and Development complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.