Rethinking Bilingual and Literacy Definition For this paper, you will argue for a particular definition of bilingual. You will support
your definition of evidence and examples and your final paper will be polished!
Explaining Your Definition of What it Means to Be Bilingual.
Your definition of being bilingual will not be a single sentence. Instead, you will provide
examples, apply readings from class, and incorporate your personal experience, resulting
in a sophisticated and thought-provoking definition of literacy that lasts several pages.
According to Miriam-Webster, the formal definition of bilingual is: using or able to use
two languages especially with equal fluency. Being bilingual is much more than that,
though. When you speak a different language, people react. It may signal that you are
from a different culture. It may indicate that you come from a wealthy family. Perhaps,
a person may learn another language for business. It can define who you are.
1. Make arguments for your definition. Your definition needs to be defensible and
interesting, and use what we learned in class.
2. Incorporate class readings. Use strategies discussed (summary, paraphrase,
quotation analysis, etc.).
‘Quote from Trimbur’ and remember that you can agree and disagree with him! We will read a couple of more articles next week.
3. Give concrete examples. We will consider many examples and situations, asking what counts as an additional language and what does not (for instance, if texting is fingered speech, then it should count. Slang could count. So could foreign music.) You will need to provide three examples to support your definition. A good example is both interesting and original avoid any obvious examples
already covered in class.
4. Incorporate your own views. Many of you wrote passionate essays about your experiences with bilingualism. (This essay is not a personal response paper, so this should be only part of the paper and may be folded in with your concrete examples, see #3.)
Rethinking Bilingual and Literacy Definition and Writing Guidelines
You are writing this paper for a general, academic audience. This means that you can?t
assume that people have read the articles we read in class. This is where the summary
skills you’ve worked on will come into play? introduce a source before using it.
What I’m Grading On
– Your ability to argue convincingly. The reader needs to be convinced by what you
say, which means that you provide evidence and good examples. There should not be
gaping holes in your definition.
– Your ability to incorporate course readings and ideas. This includes summarizing
and quoting from class sources, as we’ve worked on in class.
Rethinking Bilingual and Literacy Definition Examples
– Your ability to incorporate concrete examples from your own life. We have worked
on using your own experience in an academic way.
– Your ability to revise your work based on my feedback and peer review. Revise,
read aloud, and rewrite!
– Your ability to meet the assignment requirements. So if you’re struggling, talk to me.
– Your definition must be at least four pages (to the bottom of the fourth page),
and no longer than six pages. One inch margins, 12 point standard font.