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ASU Writing Programs employs over 200 teachers annually. Professors, Lecturers, Instructors, Teaching Assistants, and Faculty Associates share the responsibility of teaching composition and rhetoric courses to more than 10,000 students each academic year. Writing Programs is proud to claim many teachers with more than a decade of continuous service.
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Writing Programs Teachers' Guide
Standard Writing Programs Policies
New Office Hours Policy & Rationale (Fall 2017)
Substitute Assistance Program Guidelines
Substitute Request Form
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ENG 105 and 200 Series Information Document
Update on ENG 302 Curriculum - Spring 2017
Writing Programs Administrative Contacts
Stretch Program Information Sheet
It is Writing Programs policy that all classes use a textbook or equivalent materials. All teachers who are in their first year at ASU or are teaching a specific course for the first time must use a textbook from the “Writing Programs Textbook List,” or the materials mandated by the practicum for that course. Teachers who have taught in ASU Writing Programs for at least one year and who have taught the course in question at least once before at ASU may select their own materials, either an alternative textbook or a custom selection of other material. See the full policy above or the flowchart below for more information on using custom course materials.
Please note that Writing Programs requires the use of non-fiction readings only. Even though some of the textbooks on this “approved” list include works of imaginative literature, do not use or assign those texts in a Writing Programs class.
Please also note that books approved to be used in one course should not be used in another—for example, a book used in ENG 216 should not be used in ENG 102 and vice versa.
A Summer orientation has been designed to help you develop a flexible and lively framework for making decisions about the First Year Composition (FYC) classes (ENG 101 and 102) that you’ll be teaching this year. Orientation highlights these courses’ features and their place within the curricula of Arizona State University’s Writing Programs (ASU’s WPs).
The following resource consolidates some information past cohorts of New TAs have found useful prior to the first day of orientation including information about the required textbook for your first semester, using Blackboard / Digication, and the nested concepts of TA orientation as well as how they are situated within ASU Writing Programs. (new_ta_welcome_document_spring16.docx)
You are required to attend a Summer Orientation Session in which you will prepare to teach ENG 101: First-Year Composition during the fall semester. Attendance throughout the Orientation Session is a mandatory part of your TA contract. If you are unable to attend any Summer In-Person Orientation Session days, you should not accept this TA position.
The main goal for the Orientation is for you to work closely with the department’s TA Educators and your fellow TAs to construct and plan your own daily syllabus for ENG 101. During Orientation, you will be provided with textbooks, a sequence of writing assignments that you will follow in ENG 101, and sample daily syllabi on which you can base your own syllabus. You will have a large responsibility in adapting these samples to best fit your teaching style and strengths.
The following resource gives an overview of the assignment sequence that New TAs in ASU’s Writing Programs can anticipate teaching in ENG 101—and, most importantly, the learning outcomes that this sequence of assignments is designed to help students meet. If you are reading this prior to New TA orientation and have questions, please don’t worry. We’ll have plenty of time during orientation to address your questions together as we move from this general assignment sequence to specific project descriptions. (eng101assignmentsequence_spring2016.docx)
As a contractual part of your TA-ship, you are required to register for and attend ENG 594 during the Fall semester. You will receive 3 credits for this course, which helps you teach ENG 101 and prepares you to teach ENG 102 in the spring. This course meets two days a week (typically T/Th) and is a rigorous graduate-level seminar. As such, the course asks you to read assigned graduate-level articles on theories of teaching composition and participate actively in class discussions about ways to implement those theories in your classroom. While the main focus in the course is pedagogy and praxis, the philosophy underlying the course is that good teachers make theoretically informed decisions about their classroom teaching practices; therefore, a key to the course is critical engagement with scholarly texts.
In the past, students have been assigned weekly reading responses, group presentations, and research projects that asked them to explore an issue that arose from their teaching. Later in the fall semester, you will also be required to create a complete syllabus (including paper assignments and daily activities) for ENG 102, which you will teach in the spring.
During the Spring semester, you are required by your contract to attend a weekly, 1-hour meeting with your TA educators. In addition to providing you continuing support for your teaching, this practicum introduces you to a deeper level of understanding about theories and practices of teaching. While you will be assigned some practical work projects throughout the practicum, there is only minimal reading, since the practicum carries no course credit.
All TA’s teaching for the first time in the Writing Programs at ASU are required to teach ENG 101: First Year Composition in the Fall semester and ENG 102: First Year Composition in the Spring semester—no exceptions.
ASU Writing Programs is highly invested in teaching excellence, and we thus provide this year-long TA education program that is rigorous and engaging. We ask that you consider all of these requirements when making your decision about accepting the teaching assistantship which you have been offered. If you have any questions about these requirements or need further clarification as you make your decision, please contact your designated new TA mentors.
More detailed information about these requirements and other expectations of TAs can be found in the following document. (ta_expectations_sping2016.docx)