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WAC: Writing Across the Curriculum

A Shared Focus on WAC by Kate Chanock, La Trobe University
While we have different methods of teaching, WAC teachers, writing tutors and teachers of EAP share a common goal: to help students learn how to write effectively across the curriculum. To do this, students have to be able to situate each assignment within the larger context of questions and discussions in their course, in order to understand the role of that assignment in inducting them into the discipline. This article demonstrates the importance, for students, of discerning this “academic purpose,” and suggests some ways in which students can be helped to develop routines of interrogating their essay questions to discover the purpose behind the question. It concludes by describing ways of “mainstreaming” this teaching in collaboration with discipline professors across the curriculum.