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Recent Frameworks/Curricular Models

Council of Writing Program Administrators. (2011). Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing. [Available at:]

Selected Research Articles:

Barton, D (1994) Literacy: An introduction to the ecology of written language. Oxford: Blackwell. [Available at York U]

Lea, M. R., & Street, B. V. (1998). Student writing in higher education: An academic literacies approach. Studies in Higher Education23(2), 157–172. [Full text at York U]

Lillis, T. & Turner, J. (2001). Student writing in higher education: Contemporary confusion, traditional concerns. Teaching in Higher Education, 6(1): 57-68. [Full text at York U]

Russell, D.R. (2002). Writing in the academic disciplines: A curricular history. (2nd ed.) Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. [Available at York U]

Wingate, U., & Tribble, C. (2012). The best of both worlds? Towards an english for academic purposes/academic literacies writing pedagogy. Studies in Higher Education, 37(4), 481-495. [Full text at York U]

Selected Publications: Teaching Writing Skills in a Higher Education Context:

Coffin, C., Curry, M.J., & Goodman S. (2003). Teaching academic writing: A toolkit for higher education. New York: Routledge. [Available as e-book from York U]

Ganobcsik-Williams, L. (2006). Teaching academic writing in U.K. higher education: Theories, practices and models. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [Available at York U]

Robertson, A. & Smith, B (1999). Teaching in the 21st century: Adapting writing pedagogies to the college curriculum. New York: Falmer Press. [Available as e-book at York U]


More Resources

Subject librarians are available to advise course instructors on effective pedagogical approaches for developing students’ critical thinking about information and the information-seeking process, including the ability to find, retrieve, evaluate, analyze, use and cite information. They are also available to provide tailored course-specific information literacy sessions on request.

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Writing Department: York instructors can direct students to the Writing Centre (a division within the Writing Department) for help with academic writing. Assistance is available through appointments with writing tutors,  small-group workshops, or online writing help (e-Tutor). In addition to offering credit courses, the Writing Department can be contacted by York instructors wishing to organize a tailored course-related writing-focussed session.

Learning Skills Services staff is available to consult with faculty, T.A.'s, staff or student groups about Learning Skills. On a limited first-come, first-served basis,  a Learning Skills Specialist can visit individual classes or other campus events to provide sessions on academic skills. For more information, contact them at 416-736-5297.


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