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Main office: 215-204-8518


Dr. Rachael Groner, Interim Co-Director: 215-204-2212


Dr. Christine Palumbo-De Simone, Interim Co-Director: 215-204-4785



The Main Campus office of the First-Year Writing Program is Room #1046 of Anderson Hall, which is between 11th and 12th Streets, above Montgomery Avenue. Rachael Groner and Christine Palumbo-De Simone are the Interim Co-Directors of the Program; Lucas Sheaffer is the Graduate Assistant to the Director; and Derrick Johnson is the program’s secretary. In addition, there is a mentor who isassigned to work individually with instructors teaching English at Temple for the first time, Ted Howell. Gloria Basmajian, the administrative supervisor for the English Department, is located in Anderson Hall 1038.


First-Year Writing includes two main courses, English 0701 and English 0802.  First-Year Writing also includes English 0711 and English 0812, which are sections of English 0701 and English 0802 (respectively) designated especially for English as a Second Language students. The ESL sections of all of our courses are equivalent in weight and credit to their direct counterparts. English 0701 focuses on writing within a single theme and disciplinary approach, beginning with a range of writing styles but ultimately focusing on critical reading and writing for meaning and context.  English 0802 requires research, the correct use of citation, bibliography, argumentation, and source evaluation.


At the end of the sequence students should demonstrate both fluency and competence with Standard English in their finished papers, and they should be able to recognize and correct errors and logical contradictions they make in early drafts.  Most importantly, students must be able to take a position and order an effective argument to support that position.  Reflective writing must indicate an understanding of writing as a rich process informed by analytic thinking and fueled by curiosity and discovery.  Written critiques of peers’ writing will show that students have taken on the role of responsive reader as well as responsible writer; critiques should go beyond the stage of “I liked this” and identify specific areas of miscommunication, faulty reasoning, inadequate evidence, or unexamined assumptions in the papers reviewed.






































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