Writing Supports Lifelong Learning
It is difficult to overestimate the importance of writing. Competent writers communicate their thinking clearly and convincingly. They use sound arguments supported by evidence to persuade their readers that they have something important to contribute. The goal of the Department of Writing Studies is certainly to help our students learn the skills that are vital to success in their academic studies. Students are judged mainly by what they submit in writing. However, more importantly, we believe that the principles behind the skills that we teach our students will prepare them for lifelong learning. Skills learned today will need to be adapted to new situations in a world that is constantly changing.
Writing Improves Thinking
The ability to write clearly, concisely and precisely is a vital workplace skill for graduates. The benefits of writing, however, are not limited to accessing profitable and satisfying employment opportunities. Thinking and writing go hand in hand. Equally important to the process of learning to write well is the exercise of critical thinking. Our students improve their thinking skills by reading interesting works by accomplished writers, both professional and amateur, and learning various critical writing techniques and styles.
Writing is Exciting
We believe that writing is an exciting skill to practice and learn. Videos, websites, blogs and other forms of information technology are important elements of instruction. Our students become skilled at responding to new ideas and debating opinions with their peers in lively classroom discussions and activities.
Writing is Creative
While they learn how to reference the work of expert researchers and authors, they also learn to use referencing to support their own argumentation. With the guidance from our faculty, our students become involved in a process leading them to greater confidence in their ability to engage and persuade audiences using their own original "voice." Equipped with this persuasive and creative power, students will be better prepared to assume important roles that improve lives in both local and global communities.
Roger Nunn, PhD
Head of Department