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Ethnic Studies showcases unique teaching approaches

November 21, 2003

Logo for the Nationcal Council of Teachers of English 2003 conference held in San FranciscoStudents and faculty from the College of Ethnic Studies will lead two panel discussions on Saturday at the 2003 annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), one of the largest gatherings of English teachers in the country. The panelists will present diverse approaches to teaching composition through the literatures of peoples of color, such as African Americans, American Indians, Arab Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos.

Organized by Dorothy Randall Tsuruta, associate professor of Black Studies and a member of the NCTE's Rainbow Strand, the two sessions will highlight how departments within the College of Ethnic Studies approach teaching composition and literature while simultaneously engaging students in interdisciplinary fields of inquiry.

The presentations are titled "Effective Strategies for Teaching American Indian Literature and Arab American Literature" and "San Francisco State University's College of Ethnic Studies: Approaches to Teaching Second Year Written Composition." Each session will feature panel discussions and presentations by College of Ethnic Studies faculty and students.

"Using the perspectives of American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black Studies and Raza Studies, SFSU Ethnic Studies faculty will identify various strategies for empowering students to use their voices in writing," Tsuruta said.

"Our various approaches to teaching writing are informed by perspectives and sensibilities in harmony with an inclusive University. Students get to read, think and write critically about ethnic-specific content that extends their education as they enhance their ability to communicate cross-cultural understanding in writing," she said.

NCTE advances teaching, research, and student achievement in English language arts at all scholastic levels. Several thousand participants are expected for the convention, which runs through Tuesday at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel and the Moscone Center. For more information regarding the NCTE convention, including the event program and registration fees, visit the NCTE Web site.

-- Public Affairs Student Writer Javier Jimenez with Ted DeAdwyler





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