Please join us for the second talk in the 2014-2015 series:

“Writing-through-Reading: A Pedagogical Approach for Mediating Academic Writing through Literary Studies”

with Gary Fogal, International Foundation Program Senior Doctoral Fellow

Poster for the Senior Doctoral Fellows Speaker Series

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Wednesday March 11, 2015

12:00pm- 2:00pm

Room 2007D, Wilson Hall, New College

A light lunch will be served.



Recent research and global policy initiatives addressing tertiary-level education have called for classroom teaching that fosters creative minds. However, if we take seriously these initiatives academic efforts must move beyond examining creativity as an end goal: New research must expand our understanding of the creative form as a pedagogical tool. In the second language (L2) context, literature to date has not yet explored how reflecting on the creative process can function as a pedagogical tool for advancing, in the context of this presentation, academic writing proficiency. Rather, English L2 classrooms that employ literary text analysis as a teaching tool often assume that language learners will benefit from examining linguistically diverse texts (Hall, 2007, 2014). This assumption, however, is typically based on intuition rather than verifiable data. Despite descriptive reports highlighting the benefits of literary studies for language learners, there are few quantifiable data supporting the use of literary texts for developing L2 academic essay writing. To address this need, Gary’s talk reports on a mixed-method, classroom-based study that examines the effectiveness of literary text analysis for developing authorial voice in learners of English L2 academic essay writing. Alongside reporting statistically significant findings and insightful learner commentary on the value of understanding the creative form for language acquisition, Gary will also discuss theoretical and pedagogical implications as well as suggest avenues for continued studies.


Gary Fogal is a PhD candidate in the Language and Literacies Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. His research interests include L2 writing acquisition, pedagogical stylistics, complex dynamic systems theory, and microgenetic cognitive processes in L2 learners. He has recently published the text Global focus: Integrated skills through cultural events with Oxford University Press. Gary also teaches and tutors in the School of Graduate Studies, English Language and Writing Support Centre. His most recent research project examines how analyzing literary texts contributes to academic writing acquisition in second language high-stakes writing contexts. Gary also holds a doctoral fellowship with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Date: March 11th, 2015
Start Time: 12:00pm
End Time: 2:00
Cost: Free
Location: Room 2007D, Wilson Hall, New College
Contact: Deborah Knott