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Caribbean Journal of Education


Publication Date: 
September 2008

"Words need love too." 1
"We create ourselves by words. Before we are business people or lawyers or engineers or teachers, we are human beings. Our growth as human beings depends on our capacity to understand and to use language. Writing is a way of growing. No one would argue that being able to write will make you morally better. But it will make you more complex and more interesting-in a word, more human."? 2
"Since written discourse is central to a University Education, the responsibility for the quality of student writing is university-wide." 3 
"WAC is a complex programmatic entity, intended to enhance students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills." 4
The endorsement and promotion of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) by any university can only be regarded as an exemplary demonstration of an interest in writing instruction, which is designed to equip students with the writing competence they require for meeting the demands of higher education. Indeed, a commitment to WAC is, moreover, a testimony to a university's insistence on dismantling pedagogy which has not adequately aided students' development of the skills necessary for thinking, posing questions and communicating effectively, in all discourse communities within the academy. Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is essentially an educational reform movement which promotes pedagogical and curricular changes to encourage the use of writing so that it will support students' understanding of ideas, promote active learning, and facilitate the acquisition of content knowledge in all disciplinary areas.5

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