Background Information

Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative Annual Report 2015-2016

English Language Learners Program Development Report and Recommendations (2016)

Summary of ELL Report and Recommendations

Task Force on Writing Across the Curriculum at OCAD University: Final Report

Pedagogical Resources

Including Writing in Your Course: A Toolkit for OCAD University Faculty

Framework for Undergraduate Writing Competency

Inclusive Teaching: Supporting ELL (ESL) Students at OCAD University

Workshops and Events

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Roundtables

Join us for the first WAC Roundtable of 2018-2019! Tell us about your experiences including writing in your course and share strategies and resources with colleagues from across all programs and Faculties. Roundtables are open to all faculty, staff and students.

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WAC Roundtable (Event PDF)

Wednesday, November 14th
12 - 1:30 pm
MCC 512

Title: Valuing Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom: Strategies for Supporting English Language Learning (ELL) Students

Facilitators: Emilie Brancato, ELL Specialist, Writing & Learning Centre (WLC) and Michelle Miller, Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies (FoLASSIS)

What does valuing the cultural and linguistic diversity of our students look like in the classroom? How do we navigate moments of cultural or linguistic disconnect (e.g. between student and professor, student and student, student and assignment, etc.)? Join Emilie and Michelle for a discussion of strategies that support English Language Learners – and indeed, all students – in successfully acquiring disciplinary language and culture. Participants are invited to bring questions, challenges, and effective strategies from their own teaching experiences.

Light refreshments will be provided.


The Launch of nest, A Journal of Student Writing

OCAD U’s Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative launches nest, a journal of student writing showcasing the diversity of writing in the creative disciplines.

Come to our launch party for snacks, drinks and an evening of readings from contributors and other writers!

nest (Event PDF)

Thursday, November 29
6 to 10 pm
Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave.)
Tiki Room

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Initiative is pleased to announce the launch of nest, a journal of student writing produced by current OCAD University students. In the inaugural issue, Inland, students explore their relationship to histories and places, languages and cultures: Inland is a place to be in and a place within.

Contributors include Pablo Munoz, Yuling, Emily Schimp, Walter Yim, Kimberly Cortez, Connor Vasey, Karina Roman, Brianna Bruce, Katherine Meikle, Calum Csunyoscka, Francis Tomkins, Myss, Matthew Grimm, Cleopatria Peterson, Julia Louise Pereira, Victoria Girard, and Kyla Friel. nest also features an introduction to OCAD U’s new Creative Writing program by Professor Lillian Allen.

Inland was developed for publication by the nest student editorial team: Victoria Girard, Joel Lee, Francisco Uy, Francis Tomkins, Kelly Anne Besmonte, and Donya Aref. The editorial leadership worked with the support of Professors Saskia van Kampen (FOD) and Catherine Black (FOLASSIS), along with Writing & Learning Centre writing specialists Pariss Garramone and Emilie Brancato. In launching nest, the team seeks to foreground writing as a translingual and cross-disciplinary form of creativity, highlighting diversity of expression and emerging genres in the creative disciplines.

nest forms a key piece of the WAC Initiative by showcasing the richness of writing both in the creative disciplines and as a creative discipline in its own right. For more information about the WAC Initiative, visit our website.




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