Writing Partners projects have been instituted as ways of providing student writers with audiences other than their classmates and instructors. These projects may take various forms: e.g. high-school students are paired with university students, etc. This presentation outlines a Writing Partners project currently piloted at DEREE-ACG, which pairs students from two successive academic programs related to writing: the English for Academic Purposes Program (EAPP) and the Writing Program (WP).
The aim of the project is to build a community of writers that “extends beyond classroom walls” (Gillis,1994). This extended learning space is created to reinforce (a) the EAPP students’ identity transition from language learners to writers, and (b) the WP participants’ identity as writers.
This presentation discusses the findings of the project. The project aims to create prospects for similar collaborations among AMICAL institutions aspiring to (i) expand learning spaces for students, and (ii) develop a stronger sense of community among AMICAL members.