AMANDA WEGNER
an Editor and Consultant of the South Ural State University Academic Writing Office and a Translator for the SUSU Translation Office, Chelyabinsk
She obtained her bachelor's degree in International Studies at the University of North Texas in 2013. After graduation, she came to Russia, since earning a master's degree in Russian as a Foreign Language and completing a postgraduate program in Linguistics and Literature Studies (defense planned for 2020). Her research is dedicated to instructional and professional discourse.
She was the co-author of a chapter in a collective monograph entitled Linguistic Persona in Modern Communicative Space (Языковая Личность в Современном Коммуникативном Пространстве) alongside Professor Elena Vladimirovna Kharchenko, Doctor of Sciences (Philology) and has participated in several university conferences on this topic. Within the SUSU Academic Writing Office, she has taught two continuing education courses on English for Academic Writing.
This presentation is aimed at the directors and tutors of Russian writing
centers. The speakers will share their experience of managing the South Ural State
University Academic Writing Center and present its structure. A model of the
potential clients of the SUSU Academic Writing Center will be provided. The key
problems and fears that researchers face will be presented with possible solutions.
A model questionnaire for investigating a potential researcher's needs for
professional support will be suggested, and the results of a survey completed at
SUSU will be presented.
Colleagues are invited to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of
existing writing centers and their prospects for the future, and exchange ideas on
the feasibility of creating a universal model and how to achieve it. "To support the
author, to serve him, or to work instead?" is the question to discuss in the
framework of our presentation.
At the end of this session, participants will choose the best model for
Academic Writing Centers in Russia.
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