A film written and directed by Wayne Robertson

Writing Across Borders is a 3-year documentary project funded by Oregon State University’s Center for Writing and Learning (now simply known as the Writing Center) and its Writing Intensive Curriculum Program. The documentary's purpose is to help faculty, writing assistants, and other professionals work more productively with international students in writing environments. The film’s goal is to address some of the most significant challenges international students face when writing for American colleges and universities. In addressing these challenges, it asks the following questions:

  • How does culture play out in writing, and how are our expectations shaped by cultural preferences?
  • How do we assess international student writing when we have to grade it alongside the writing of native speakers, and how can we think about surface error in a fair and constructive manner?
  • What kinds of teaching and testing practices disadvantage international students and which help them improve as writers?

For those of you who are interested in the DVD, there are clips to preview and a link to the OSU bookstore, where the DVD is on sale. For those of you using the DVD in faculty or staff development, you can find questions and discussion suggestions for the film on the pages for working with writing assistants or faculty.

If you want to offer feedback about the DVD and/or ask additional questions, please feel free to contact Dennis Bennett, Assistant Director, Writing Center and Technology.