This was not the situation I had expected last summer when I first proposed a mini course for graduate students called “Writing for Words Without Borders.” The course was to meet for five three-hour stretches on consecutive Wednesdays, starting March 18, 2020. As it turned out, this meant our first class would be held exactly a week after our university president announced that all of UM would switch to remote teaching for the rest of the winter term. I happened to hear his announcement on the radio as I was driving around Ann Arbor running before-the-sky-falls errands.
How can we build students' confidence in their own voices and global understandings -- especially in the middle of a pandemic? Words Without Borders invites you to discuss this and other questions at our next live-streaming meet-up: #TeaGlobally, Thursday October 29th at 5 pm Eastern.
The National Day on Writing is October 20th! Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English the day provides an opportunity for students and educators to celebrate writing and the many reasons to engage in it.
Most students won’t grow up to become translators, so why should we teach translation? Gitanjali Patel and Jessie Spivey of Shadow Heroes, a UK-based organization that runs creative translation workshops for students, wrote an essay for Words Without Borders about the educational benefits of learning about translation.