Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

“Exploring Multilingual Identities and Cultivating Critical Language Awareness in College Writing Classrooms” 2:00-3:00 p.m.: Interactive workshop

The goal of this workshop is to raise writing teachers’ critical language awareness and brainstorm ways to better support our diverse student populations in everyday college composition classrooms. In this highly interactive workshop, we will explore culturally and linguistically responsive instruction by engaging in hands-on pedagogical activities, critical reflections and discussions.  


3:30-5:00 p.m.: Invited talk at the CAS Writing Program’s All-Faculty Meeting 
This research-based, practitioner-oriented workshop welcomes college composition instructors who are interested in working with students from culturally, racially and linguistically diverse backgrounds. In this interactive workshop, we will learn about the importance of critical language awareness in everyday teaching and learning, and explore why and how to implement linguistically responsive instruction to better support our multilingual students.

Qianqian Zhang-Wu is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Multilingual Writing at Northeastern University. Her research and teaching focuses on language, race and power in multilingual communication. As a passionate writing teacher, Zhang-Wu is winner of the 2023 CCCC Outstanding Teaching Award. As a nerdy researcher, Zhang-Wu’s articles appear in TESOL Quarterly, Written Communication, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, and College English among various other academic journals. Her recent book Languaging Myths and Realities: Journeys of Chinese International Students (Multilingual Matters, 2021) is winner of the 2022 Best Book Award at the Comparative and International Education Society (Study Abroad and International Students SIG), 2023 CCCC Research Impact Award, and 2023 CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award Honorable Mention. Zhang-Wu is currently working on her two new book projects while co-editing a 2023 special issue in Journal of Language, Identity and Education.


Slides available here (BU login required)