I have spent more than 28 years teaching academic writing in California, first at California State University, Sacramento and then, for most of my teaching career, at American River College. However, prior to teaching, I worked in the steel industry as a supervisor where I did a great deal of professional writing: reports, proposals, instruction manuals, and other technical documents. One thing both of my careers have taught me is that writing is thinking; sloppy thinking always leads to sloppy writing. As a result, Writing Issues focuses on the reading, thinking, and planning that must precede writing if that writing is to be clear and effective.
Writing Issues was initially designed as a website to assist students in my California classes who wanted to brush up on their writing skills and to develop greater fluency in English. Most recently, Writing Issues was revised to host the class website for a course I taught at DaLat University in Vietnam. Having completed teaching the course in DaLat, I have revised the site to take advantage of the DaLat class material and shape it into a "course" to build English language skills.
If you have come to the site through my invitation, you will find a number of courses here as well as the course materials for Educational Psychology, but you will need to register for the site to access this material.
Getting started with Writing Issues is a two-step process:
- please first Register for the course site,
- and then once registered you will have access to the course site and materials.
The website will notify me when you have registered, and I will then change your status so that you have access to the course materials.