This is the website for EngComp 1552, a course taught by Prof. Annette Vee during Fall 2011 at the University of Pittsburgh.
In this class, we will explore what literacy is beyond simply reading and writing. We’ll visit literacy enacted in different contexts and historical periods to explore deceptively simple questions: What is literacy? How is it used in the world? As you consider what literacy is, you will encounter theories of how literacy is learned, how it is distributed across various populations, and how it has changed throughout history. We will be in theoretical as well as practical dialogue with others as we read literacy scholarship and talk with people about their literacy development and practices. My goal is for all of us to leave this class with an enhanced understanding of how we and others use literacy in the world so that we might better teach it and practice it in the future.
Note to teachers: Feel free to take or adapt anything Prof. Vee has put on this website. Please contact me if you want access to any student work here, however; that work is the property of the students in the class. You don’t need to ask my permission to use my course materials, but I’d love to know what you think! –Prof. Vee