At the Point of Need: Teaching Basic and ESL Writers

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At the Point of Need is a richly detailed account of the experiences of teachers, tutors, and students over a five-year period in a university writing center, whose main mission was to enable basic and ESL writers to handle college writing demands. By and large, it's a success story, with implications and applications far beyond the purview of that particular writing center.

Essentially, it wasn't broad knowledge of teaching or writing that these teachers and basic writers needed. What they needed was permission and encouragement to evaluate their own work; a way to evaluate it for themselves while including feedback from others; peers to help them brainstorm things to try when they got stuck; support for trying the unconventional; and freedom from constant impersonal assessment.

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“. . . makes a compelling argument against deficit models of instruction and assessment while at the same time presenting evidence for the effectiveness of a model of teaching whose point of departure is students' perceived needs.”–College Composition and Communication
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867092653
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 11/9/1990
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie Wilson Nelson holds a doctorate in Language Education from the University of Georgia. She has taught writing in elementary, middle, and secondary schools; at a Japanese language institute; and at several American colleges and universities. Currently training teacher researchers at the University of South Florida (Tampa), she chairs the Commission on the Preparation of English Teacher Educators for the NCTE Conference on English Education.
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