What is Writing Across the Curriculum?
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is first and foremost about student learning. It combines frequent informal writing opportunities with multiple-draft formal assignments. It promotes active learning, requiring students to turn information into knowledge. Frequent writing helps students to think critically and to integrate their knowledge across classes. WAC programs share some common principles:
These may be the questions faculty ask most frequently. First, WAC is not Grammar Across the Curriculum. Successful WAC programs focus more on writing to learn than on learning to write. No, you don't have to teach grammar, and in fact emphasizing grammar too much can make them focus on correctness instead of content.
However, you can help students express themselves more clearly. Giving students more opportunities to write will help them write more fluently, and assigning multiple drafts will encourage them to polish their writing. Keep in mind the reasons why students make grammatical errors:
What you can do:
We're all getting busier, and there often just isn't enough time to grade more papers. There are ways, however, to assign more writing without making your workload unmanageable. Suggestions: