What is Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)?
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is an approach to writing instruction. It is grounded in an understanding of writing as context-specific and process-based. According to WAC research, writing skills are best learned:
- within the context of a student's discipline
- when writing is integrated with teaching to support student learning and mastery of course content
When students write, they become better at processing knowledge, especially when writing tasks are integrated with reading and speaking. After first grappling with fundamental skills and strategies in their first-year writing course, students need opportunities to develop and apply them in their disciplinary courses. Sustained writing practice also benefits English language learners (ELLs) and other students with diverse learning needs.