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Glossary of Writing and Reading Terms

What we talk about when we talk about writing

The goal of the Landmark College Writing Project Glossary is to provide a shared vocabulary to facilitate conversation among students, faculty, and staff about writing and about how we teach and support student writers. This conversation and common conceptual knowledge should strengthen the use of writing as a pedagogical tool at Landmark College and allow students to transfer and build upon their writing knowledge and practices as they progress from introductory and required writing courses to higher-level courses throughout the curriculum. The glossary is intended as a living document that can be added to and revised over time.

Many of the terms contained in this glossary can apply to speaking and other forms of communication. While some of the glossary entries make explicit connections between spoken, multi-modal, and written composition, its emphasis is on written texts.


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