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Call for Proposals

Writing Across the Curriculum and Second Language Writers

Guest editors: Michelle Cox, Bridgewater State College; and Terry Myers Zawacki, George Mason University

Along with the current drive to internationalize higher education has come a heightened institutional concern for the writing of our second language (L2) students. While there has been a recent burgeoning of research on L2 writers, the focus has been mainly on how these writers fare in composition courses. We know that L2 writers also write across the curriculum, in the majors, and in graduate programs, and yet there is still only a small body of research focused on these contexts. Given the increasing numbers of both residential and visa second language writers in higher education as well as the growing understanding of the complexities of writing across languages, cultures, and disciplines, we have a pressing need for more research from composition and L2 writing perspectives that explores the experiences of L2 writers and the expectations of faculty who teach these writers across the curriculum.

To that end, we invite proposals for articles that explore questions such as the following, as well as others related to the topic of Writing across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines and second language writers:

We welcome proposals focused on these and other questions related to the intersections between WAC/WID and second language writing theory, research, pedagogy, and program administration as these pertain to L2 writers of academic English. We especially welcome collaborations between WAC scholars and L2 writing scholars.

Deadline for Proposals: May 15, 2010

Notification of Acceptance: by July 2010

Manuscripts Due: December 15, 2010

Publication: Spring/Fall 2011

Proposal Format: Please submit a one-page proposal explaining your topic, the research and theoretical base on which you will draw, and your plans for the structure of your article. Proposals and manuscripts should follow APA documentation style, which is the standard for Across the Disciplines. Send your proposal electronically (in MS Word format) to guest editors Michelle Cox (michelle.cox@bridgew.edu) and Terry Myers Zawacki (tzawacki@gmu.edu), and the editor of ATD, Michael Pemberton (michaelp@georgiasouthern.edu). Please be sure to include your full contact information.