The Writing Center Abroad!

February 16, 2017
Dr. Giaimo speaks in front of a slide projector to a group of students in the university library.

In January 2017, Dr. Giaimo traveled to Japan to speak by invitation at the University of Tsukuba on the process of setting up an academic writing center. The university’s “writing desk” is currently staffed by graduate students with little training or exposure to American writing center pedagogy and theory. Over her weeklong visit, Dr. Giaimo gave four presentations in a range of contexts. The first talk was an overview of academic writing centers. The second was a workshop in which she tutored five individuals in front of fifty audience members. The third was a lecture for a writing course, during which she led the students in writing-to-learn, freewriting, and peer discussion activities. The final was a lecture on staffing and training models for academic universities. In attendance at the first and final lectures were both local university members and visitors from other institutions. Amidst the talks, she learned about the University of Tsukuba (a global university with a high percentage of international students) and about academic culture in Japan through interactions with the university’s faculty, administrators, and graduate students.

Dr. Giaimo poses with students and faculty from the University of Tsukuba