The University of Pennsylvania
Global English: Transnational Families
On Wednesdays, the Writing Labs will be held in Van Pelt Library’s Weigle Commons Booths.
Dr. Mera Moore (T. Mera Moore Lafferty)
Fisher-Bennett Hall 301
Office Hours: Mondays 5:00-7:00 p.m., and other times by arrangement.
Transnational individuals sustain close communication with family members who live in a
country other than the one in which they reside. According to Elizabetta Zontini, “Transnational
families have members spread out across nation states but still maintain a sense of collective
welfare and unity. Their kinship networks cross at ‘residential nodes’ in two or several
countries.” In this seminar, students will write about how multilingual migrants and immigrants,
including children, serve as conduits connecting donor and recipient cultures and languages, as
well as issues pertaining to transnationality. Via drafting and revision, peer review, and
collaborative writing, students will have the opportunity to polish their writing skills in academic
and professional American English. This course fulfills the Writing Requirement.
Available at the Penn Book Center, 130 S. 34th St. (not the Penn Bookstore).
Foner, Nancy, ed.
Across Generations: Immigrant Families in America
. New York: New York
Hacker, Diana, et al.
A Pocket Style Manual
. 5th ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008.
With booklet called
Other Immigrants: The Global Origins of the American Peopl
e. New York:
New York UP, 2005.
Ross, Valerie, ed.
The Practice of Writing
. 3rd rev. ed. Philadelphia, PA: University of
Pennsylvania Critical Writing Program, 2008.
Students will also make use of other materials located on our Penn Libraries Blackboard