Teaching Writing in Geography and Planning

The Department of Geography & Planning is committed to providing students with the communication tools necessary to critically engage in the world. The department is particularly committed to improving student writing. It is actively involved in the Faculty of Arts and Science Writing Integrated Teaching (WIT) Program. As part of this program, select undergraduate courses are incorporating a variety of methods to assist students in strengthening and honing their writing abilities.

This page should serve as a resource for instructors, teaching assistants, and undergraduate students. Below are links to materials developed either through the department’s participation in WIT or within the university.

Learning Objectives for Writing in Geography
This is a short statement of what the department expects of its specialists and majors in regard to writing. These goals are pursued through the development and evaluation of written assignments across the department.

One-on-one Writing Consultation How-To Document

Giving Effective Feedback on Assignments for TAs How-To Document

The Writing at the University of Toronto website provides advice and a variety of resources for students and faculty.

Advice on Academic Writing for Undergraduates – Over 60 files from writing instructors within the University of Toronto

Advice on Writing Instruction for Faculty and Teaching Assistants – A clearinghouse of information covering issues from assignment design to marking multilingual learners

The English Language Learning Program – supports all U of T undergraduates enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Science whose first language is not English (ESL or multilingual students), as well as native speakers seeking to improve their English language skills