Melissa Lutz presents "What Place do Colloquial Languages Have
in the Composition Classroom?"
at National Council of
Teachers of English Annual Convention in Boston
Lutz, a second-year MA student in our Composition and Rhetoric
track, presented a paper at the 2013 National Council of
Teachers of English Annual Convention in Boston. Her
paper, "What Place do Colloquial Languages Have in the
Composition Classroom?" was part of a panel entitled "Personal
Voice in the First-Year Composition Class."
The panel shared strategies that help students negotiate
experiences outside the classroom to cultivate the literacy
skills necessary for success in the academy. By exploring the
significance of identity, a performance-driven society, and
music in students’ lives, the panel examined how students look
within to obtain the cultural capital needed for success.
"I also attended several panels primarily on ESL writers and
writing centers," Lutz says. "One of the panels was a
special interest group on writing centers, which was more
discussion based, and I had the opportunity to speak with
several writing center administrators at the secondary and
university level ."