NDSU To Host International Writing Conference


NDSU’s Department of English is set to host an international conference, “Converging Fields: Linking Professional Communication and Translation Classes,” July 18-20. The event will focus on the Trans-Atlantic and Pacific Project, which links students in writing, usability and translation classes in joint international projects across four continents.

Known as TAPP, the program has existed for more than 15 years. The conference will bring together, for the first time, approximately 45 program instructors to discuss the ongoing collaboration and exchange ideas for new teaching and learning strategies. Invited speakers from nations across the TAPP network will give presentations.

“While many instructors have worked together online for years, most have never met their partners in person,” said Bruce Maylath, professor of English. “This conference provides them with a grand opportunity to strengthen their working relationships, improve their teaching approaches and plan further research.”

The program was launched during the 1999-2000 academic year by Maylath and Sonia Vandepitte of Ghent University in Belgium to give students experience in preparing texts for translation and localization. TAPP’s main goal is to share insights into collaborative writing across borders, cultures and languages, and to gain knowledge about the world’s diversity.

“NDSU was the natural site where we could bring together instructors from around the globe,” Maylath said. “As most of the network’s writing instructors are here at NDSU, about half of the conference participants will simply commute from home.”

For several of the international instructors, most of who teach translation from English to their home language, the conference will be their first visit to the United States. “We are delighted to show them America from its heartland,” said Maylath.

The conference features two keynote presentations by its founders. Maylath will outline the TAPP network’s history, present and hopes for the future when the conference opens on July 18. Vandepitte will discuss prospects for future research when the conference closes on July 20.

Institutions participating in TAPP include:


Aristotle University, Greece

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona Tech), Spain

Western New Mexico University

Vaasa Universitet/Vaasan Yliopisto, Finland

Aarhus Universitet, Denmark

Bashkir State University, Russia

Kenyatta University, Kenya

State University of Applied Sciences, Konin, Poland

Instituto Politénico do Porto, Portugal

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Universidade do Minho, Portugal

Università degli Studi del Molise, Italy

Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy

Università degli Studi del Salento, Italy

Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy

Université de Mons, Belgium

Université Paris – Denis Diderot, France

Ghent University, Belgium

University of Algiers 2, Algeria

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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