While English 10803: Writing as Inquiry and 20803: Writing Argument are central to writing education at TCU, our students engage in discussions about writing with a range departments and services. This section gathers interviews from International Services, the Intensive Writing Program, the W.L. Adams Center for Writing, and Athletic Academic Services, offices that interact with different student bodies and have a variety of approaches to language difference. By learning about and listening to our partners in serving TCU students, we can make connections, reflect on our approaches, and develop our practices.
TCU's International Services office provides support for international undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty, visiting faculty, and the families of these groups. I talked with John Singleton about the cultural shift that international students experience when first coming to TCU, the need to be attentive to different forms of knowledge production, and what the "international student" moniker means.
Intensive English Program
The Intensive English program provides English as a second language instruction for international students at TCU. Dr. Kurk Gayle earned is Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition here and now serves as Director of Intensive English. He also oversees co-registered sections of English as a Foreign Language (ENFL) that international students take alongside ENGL 10803. We discussed the different types of English instruction that international students receive at TCU as well as the need to collaborate across departments and disciplines.
William L. Adams Center for Writing
The Center for Writing at TCU offers one-on-one and online tutoring for undergraduate and graduate students. I talked with Dr. Steve Sherwood who has been at TCU for 29 years and serves as Director. During our conversation, we discussed how writing tutors approach writing instruction for all students, as well as non-standard language users. He also provides relevant scholarship from writing center studies.
Athletic Academic Service Office
The Athletic Academic Services Office provides support to TCU student-athletes from all sports. The office provides both academic support and life coaching. Sarah Liles began working as a Writing Specialist while she was a student in TCU's English Ph.D. Program. She discusses the special circumstances and needs of student-athletes as well as her strategies for providing writing support to one of TCU's most diverse student populations.