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Reading eWriting

What is Reading eWriting?

Reading eWriting is a series of 6 emails which you write to a writing centre instructor, in response to a reading of your choice. The goal is to strengthen the speed and ease with which you read, reason, and write.  This method is an effective way to build reading strategies and vocabulary.  Since there is no grade/penalty, the method enhances your ability to develop ideas rapidly without feeling “blocked.” Try it and see! 

If you register for Reading eWriting, you’ll be spending 2 hours per week on this activity, for a total of 3 weeks (6 hours total commitment). The dates of the Winter 2017 sessions are listed below.  Note that there is no fee for this program.

What will I read?
You may read popular, academic, or scholarly material for Reading eWriting.  Go to Arts & Letters Daily, http://www.aldaily.com/,  for links to a variety of interesting popular articles. There is also a list of links posted on this page below. 

Alternatively, you may read your course material, which is a great way to stay motivated and to read for your classes in greater depth.  You may also read another book, magazine, or journal of your choice.  For a list of popular Canadian literature, visit http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/canadian-literature

What will I write?
There are currently 6 options for Reading eWriting. These options range from summarizing to close reading of a passage. You may do all 6 options, repeat options, or select any combination of them. For more detail, read the Directions and Options page posted at the link below.

What kinds of feedback will my writing centre instructor give me?

Your instructor will respond to your concepts and reasoning, and will also give you advice on language use.  You are encouraged to let your instructor know which aspects of reading and writing you want to work on.

For full details about exactly how this program works, see the Reading eWriting Directions and Options handout posted at the link on this page.

When is Reading eWriting offered?

Reading eWriting will be offered next as a free, 3-week program in Fall 2017.  Session #1 starts on September 15, 2017, and Session #2 starts on October 6, 2017. To participate, you must be a currently registered U of T undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts & Science. You must also use your UTORemail address for this activity. Students may register for more than one session, space permitting.  If the program is full when you try to register, you will be given priority in registration for upcoming sessions. 

How do I register for Reading eWriting?

To register, send us an email on or after September 1, 2017 from your Utoronto account. Include your full name, the name of your college, and your year of studies (1-4). Send this information to ell.newcollege@utoronto.ca. Specify which session(s) you prefer. You may register for Reading eWriting even if you've done it before. This activity is FREE for all Faculty of Arts & Science undergraduates.  Please register only if you really intend to take advantage of this opportunity.

Fall 2017 Dates

Session #1:

Start date: Friday, September 15, 2017

End date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Due dates for writings: Fridays, September 15, 22, 29, by 11:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, September 19, 26, and October 3, by 11:30 p.m.

Session #2:

Start date: Friday, October 6, 2017

End date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Due dates for writings: Fridays, October 6, 13, 20, by 11:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, October 10, 17, 24, by 11:30 p.m.

Contact your instructor regarding brief extensions to due dates if necessary.  The due dates are meant to keep you on track, but they are flexible.

Questions?  Write to ELL at ell.newcollege@utoronto.ca