Author

Eric Kehoe

Date of Award

5-2015

Level of Access

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

Advisor

Dylan Dryer

Second Committee Member

Pat Burnes

Third Committee Member

Nate Stormer

Abstract

Although multilinguality is the norm globally, US college composition still tends to maintain unidirectional monolingualism in its classrooms, in which students and instructors are assumed to be linguistically homogenous and the target goal for student writing is a so-called standard English. Many in writing studies have called for investigations into the ways these practices persist in composition programs. This thesis therefore explores the ways putatively monolingual and multilingual graduate student instructors maintain and/or change dispositions toward language difference in a US college composition program. Rather than finding multilinguality as a predictor of dispositions which anticipate and welcome linguistic heterogeneity, the findings suggest that instructors’ histories with monolingual language education are more likely to influence uptake of their new program’s teaching genres. This thesis argues that continued investigations into pedagogical genres and their uptakes are needed in order to shift dispositions toward a translingual norm.

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