Michelle Baptiste

Bio: 

Michelle Baptiste, an applied linguist and continuing lecturer in UC Berkeley College Writing Programs, teaches Reading & Composition courses -- often tailored specifically to multilingual student writers.  She enjoys teaching multimodal assignments that students publish online and encouraging students to conduct interviews as part of their research process.  In her own research to earn her MA in English as a Second Language, she researched US naturalization interviews and continues to be engaged in examining citizenship historically and today.  She has taught writing to multilingual students at the University of Hawai'i, as well as to Navajo (Dine) teachers on the Navajo Nation through Northern Arizona University. She served as a US Peace Corps volunteer for two years in St. Lucia (West Indies) with a focus on adult literacy curriculum development and awareness raising through learner-directed public service announcements. Currently, as a teacher consultant to Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP), she supports teachers of English Language Learners.  She especially appreciates opportunities to teach writing classes to students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, supporting students to cultivate their own unique voices.

Publications & Presentations: 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Baptiste, M. (2017). Teaching Writing to Multilingual Students. Writing Across Berkeley.
  • Baptiste, M.  (2016).  The Value(s) of US Citizenship: An Analysis of the English Writing Test for Naturalization Applicants. (Chapter 2).  In A. Loring & V. Ramanathan (Eds.),  Language, Immigration, and Naturalization.  Bristol, United Kingdom: Multilingual Matters.
  • Baptiste, M. (2008).  Drawing students in as active participants in professional development: one teacher’s success.  In Professional Writing of the 2008 Summer Fellows.  Bay Area Writing Project,  University of California, Berkeley, pp. 17-26. 
  • Baptiste, M. (2008).  The appointment.  In Creative Work Anthology. Bay Area Writing Project, University of California, Berkeley, pp. 47-48.
  • Baptiste, M. (2008).  The language on campus.  In Creative Work Anthology. Bay Area Writing Project.  University of California, Berkeley, p. 49.
  • Baptiste, M. C. (Winn) and Seig, M. T.  (2007). Training the Guardians of America’s Gate: Discourse-Based Lessons from Naturalization Interviews.  In High Stakes Gatekeeping Encounters and their Consequences: Discourses in Cross-Cultural Institutional Settings. (Special Edition, Guest Editor Julie Kerekes). Journal of Pragmatics 39, 1919-1941.  Available at http://www.sciencedirect.com
  • Winn, M.  (2005). Collecting target discourse: The case of the US naturalization interview.  In M. H. Long (Ed.), Second Language Needs Analysis (pp. 265-303).  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 
  • Winn, M.  (2004). The C©(c)hurch is a human institution.  In Soulspeak: An Anthology of Writing from the Bay Area Writing Project 30th Year Anniversary 2004 Summer Institute. University of California, Berkeley.
  • Winn, M.  (2004). Language awareness empowering students.  In Professional Writing for the 2004 Invitational Summer Institute: Works in progress. Bay Area Writing Project, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Winn, M.  (2004). Naming.  In Soulspeak: An Anthology of Writing from the Bay Area Writing Project 30th Year Anniversary.  Bay Area Writing Project, University of California, Berkeley, pp. 88-90.
  • Winn, M.  (2002). The use of African-American Vernacular English in teaching Standard American English as a second dialect.  In A. Bell, J. Shoemaker, & G. Sibley, Eds.  Proceedings: Selected Papers from the Third College-Wide Conference for Students in Languages, Linguistics and Literature 1999.  Honolulu: University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
FURTHER INFORMATION 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Creative Student Activities to Foster Inquiry & Learning (Panel with Jason Courtmanche & Lawrence Grandpre)
    Experimenting with Voice & Genre to Ask Meaningful Questions
    National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), National Writing Project strand, Baltimore, 2019
  • From Behind Bars to Raising the Bar: Reframing the Narrative from the Inside Out (Panel with Jamie Hein)
    Cultivating Student Voice & Building Empathy: Reading & Writing Gripping Relevant Texts
    Conference on Community Writing, Philadelphia, 2019
  • Embracing Diverse Experiences: How Literacy & Language Learning Narratives Inform Our Practice & Spur Meaningful Reflection Panel
    (with Nancy Hunt & Linda Jensen Darling)
    UC Writing Conference, UC Merced, 2018
  • Multiple Angles on Legitimating Multimodal Writing in Reading, Composition, &   
    Research Courses Panel (with Kim Freeman, Amy Lombardi, & Ryan Sloan)
    Explicitness, Entrée, and Empowerment: Revising the Rubric
    UC Writing Conference, Santa Barbara, 2016
  • Paradigms for Composition Pedagogies: Social Justice, Reason, & Emotion Cross-UC Panel
    UC Writing Conference, Santa Barbara, 2016
  • Investigating Community Action for Equity & Justice—in the Research Course (with Teri Crisp)
    UC Writing Conference, Santa Barbara, 2016
  • Public University, Civic Responsibility Panel  (with Teri Crisp & Pat Steenland)
    "Moving towards a Just Society: Research Projects that Create Bridges"
    Conference on Community Writing, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2015  
  • What It Means to Be(come) American: An Analysis of the English Writing Test for Naturalization Applicants
    Clairefest, University of California, Berkeley, 2015  
  • What It Means to Be(come) American: An Analysis of the English Writing Test for Naturalization Applicants
    American Association of Applied Linguistics, Toronto, 2015
  • Researching Beyond the World Wide Web:  Accessing & Assessing Diverse  Sources (with Pat Maughan & Pat Steenland) 
    California Association of Teachers of English, Santa Clara, 2009
  • The Analytic Essay: Building the Pyramid to an Insightful Thesis
    Biennial Diablo Valley English Articulation Day Conference, Pleasant Hill, CA, 2006
  • Cross-Training between L1/L2 Composition Specialists (with Margi Wald)
    Discussion Facilitator, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Tampa Bay, FL, 2006
  • Learner Empowerment through Analyzing Text and Self (with Margi Wald)
    Colloquium, Conference on College Composition & Communication, San Francisco, 2005
  • Analyzing Text/Self in Multilingual Writing Classrooms (with Margi Wald)
    California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Long Beach, CA, 2005
  • Impractical Distinctions between NS and NNS:
    One Program's Attempts to Re-Vision the Responsibilities of Composition Specialists (with Jane Stanley and Margi Wald)                   
    Symposium on Second Language Writing, Purdue, IN, 2004
  • Collaborative Tutoring Model Boosts Success of At-Risk Students (with Nicole Bouchard)
    Northern California Writing Center Association, Palo Alto, CA, 2004
  • Examining High Stakes Situations: A Discourse Analysis Colloquium
    Discourse-Based Training Lessons from INS Interviews (with Mary Theresa Seig)
    American Association of Applied Linguistics, Arlington, VA, 2003
  • A Case Study in Collaboration Between Writing Centers and Academic Departments Panel
    Northern California Writing Center Association, Monterey Bay, CA, 2003
  • Transforming Teaching Practices in Navajo/Diné Schools (with Dolores Healing)
    Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Salt Lake City, UT, 2002
  • Methodology in Collecting Target Discourse: The US Naturalization Interview
    American Association of Applied Linguistics, Salt Lake City, UT, 2002
  • Target Discourse Collection: The Case of the US Naturalization Interview
    Pacific Second Language Research Forum, Honolulu, HI, 2001
  • Interviewers’ Roles in the US Naturalization Interview
    Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, St. Louis, MO, 2001
  • Negotiating Borders & Discourse: Interaction & Outcome in Naturalization Interviews
    American Association of Applied Linguistics, St. Louis, MO, 2001
  • Cultural Values and Contextual Presuppositions in the Naturalization Interview
    Second Language Research Forum, Madison, WI, 2000
  • Values at Play: The US Naturalization Interview
    Conference of the College of Language, Linguistics, and Literature, University of Hawai’i, 2000    
  • Purposeful Uses of African-American Vernacular English in the Classroom
    Conference of the College of Language, Linguistics, and Literature, University of Hawai’i, 1999