Emerging Writing Research from the Middle East-North Africa Region

Edited by Lisa R. Arnold, Anne Nebel, and Lynne Ronesi
Copy edited by Don Donahue. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverWhile events in the Middle East-North Africa region dominate world news, it is an area little understood by the rest of the world—not only historically, politically, and culturally but also within the discipline of Rhetoric and Composition and Second Language Writing. The editors and contributors to this collection share scholarship that addresses how writing programs and writing-across-the-curriculum initiatives—in the region and outside of it—are responding to the increasing globalization of higher education and contributing to international discussions about World Englishes and other language varieties as well as translingual approaches to writing and writing pedagogy.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter

Foreword, Rula Diab

Introduction, Lisa R. Arnold, Anne Nebel, and Lynne Ronesi

Section I: Complicating Prevalent Assumptions

1. Linguistic Superdiversity and English-Medium Higher Education in Qatar, Anne Nebel

2. Global Spread of English in Academia and Its Effects on Writing Instruction in Turkish Universities, Hacer Hande Uysal

3. Expanding Transnational Frames into Composition Studies: Revising the Rhetoric and Writing Minor at the American University in Cairo, James P. Austin

Section II: Considering the Importation of Western Models

4. Territorial Borders and the Teaching of Writing in English: Lessons from Research at the University of Balamand, Samer A. Annous, Maureen O'Day Nicolas, and Martha A. Townsend

5. An Arabian Gulf: First-Year Composition Textbooks at an International Branch Campus in Qatar, Mysti Rudd and Michael Telafici

6. Great Expectations or Great Outcomes? Exploring the Context of English Language Policy Transfer in Bahrain, Aneta L Hayes and Nasser Mansour

Section III: Striving for Balance across Borders

7. Rewriting Resistance: Negotiating Pedagogical and Curricular Change in a US/Kurdish Transnational Partnership, Connie Kendall Theado, Holly Johnson, Thomas Highley, and Saman Hussein Omar

8. Integrating Writing Assignments at an American Branch Campus in Qatar: Challenges, Adaptations, and Recommendations, Ryan T. Miller and Silvia Pessoa

9. Hybrid Writing Positions within WAC/WID Initiatives: Connecting Faculty Writing Expectations and MENA Cultures, Amy Hodges and Brenda Kent

Section IV: Creating Student Space(s)

10. Literacy Narratives across Borders: Beirut and Dearborn as Twenty-First Century Transnational Spaces, Lisa R. Arnold, William DeGenaro, Rima Iskandarani, Malakeh Khoury, Margaret Willard-Traub, and Zane Sinno

11. The Dance of Voices: A Study on Academic Writing at AUB, Najla Jarkas and Juheina Fakhreddine

12. Students Running the Show: Performance Poetry Night, Lynne Ronesi

Afterword, Michele Eodice


About the Editors

Lisa Arnold, formerly of the American University of Beirut, is Assistant Professor of English and Director of First-Year Writing at North Dakota State University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in writing and rhetoric. She is interested in histories of writing instruction worldwide, writing pedagogy and program administration, and multilingual and transnational literacy practices. Lisa has been published in College English, College Composition and Communication, Composition Studies, JAC, and Pedagogy.

Anne Nebel is Director of the Office of Academic Services and Senior Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar where she also teaches undergraduate courses in writing and coordinates the writing program. Her research interests include second language writing assessment, syntactic complexity in writing development, critical discourse analysis, writing pedagogies, and academic literacies.

Lynne Ronesi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing Studies at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. She teaches undergraduate writing courses and trains peer writing tutors. She has also trained undergraduate tutors to support non-native-speaking classmates at the University of Rhode Island, and directed the Writing Center at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. Her research and teaching interests revolve around writing across the curriculum, tutor training, new literacies, and language and identity. She has been published in the Writing Center Journal, Across the Disciplines, Writing Programs Worldwide: Profiles of Academic Writing Worldwide as well as in a number of edited collections.

Publication Information: Arnold, Lisa R., Nebel, Anne, & Ronesi, Lynne (Eds.). (2017). Emerging Writing Research from the Middle East-North Africa Region. International Exchanges on the Study of Writing. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado. https://wac.colostate.edu/books/international/mena/

Digital Publication Date: January 9, 2017
Print Publication Date: November 6, 2018.

Contact Information:
Lisa R. Arnold: lisa.r.arnold@ndsu.edu
Anne Nebel: aln27@georgetown.edu
Lynne Ronesi: LRONESI@aus.edu


Journal of Second Language Writing. Review of Emerging Writing Research from the Middle East and North Africa Region. Reviewed by Majed Alharbi. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jslw.2017.08.002 December 2017

International Exchanges on the Study of Writing

Series Editors: Terry Myers Zawacki, George Mason University; Magnus Gustafsson, Chalmers University of Technology; and Joan Mullin, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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