Teaching @ Sydney

October 2013

Do you teach first year students? Two presentations on 4 November

If you teach first year students you are warmly invited to informative, hands-on presentations on Monday 4 November 12-2 pm, in New Law Annexe SR 440. The presentations will be hosted jointly by the Social Inclusion Unit and the ITL, as part of the Widening Participation Scholars' Network, and are open to anyone interested in the topics. Feel free to bring your lunch!

The first presentation is entitled An ESL learner in transition: Stepping from HSC to first year university. Rose Sandow, a high school teacher who specialises in teaching students from diverse language backgrounds, will talk about her students and the issues they confront in transitioning from high school to university. Using some actual first-year assignments from The University of Sydney, she will talk about how her students would be likely to perceive the instructions and will offer some suggestions for the process of scaffolding assignments for students such as hers. After the presentation, we will also hear from members of the Widening Participation Scholars' Network whose projects involve linguistic diversity and there will be time for questions and discussion.

The second presentation - by Dr Bronwyn James, Head of the University's Learning Centre - is entitled Scaffolding learning for first year students: Assessments and writing. Widening participation in higher education offers us opportunities to rethink curricula to include a wider range of students. One aspect of this involves the role that communication and language competence plays in assessment. In this workshop we will investigate the sometimes implicit communication and language competencies that are part of assessment tasks and the ways in which these competencies might be developed/scaffolded within the curriculum.

Participants are asked to please bring along actual unit of study outlines/assessment tasks/criteria from units you have taught or will be teaching.

Please rsvp to Wicky West by COB 28 October.