Tyll Zybura

Read. Think. Write.

Professional workshops

Tyll Zybura – 27 Aug 2019

Many of my successful teaching strategies are the result of years of testing and integrating student feedback. I’m always happy to communicate my concepts to other professionals.

In my Essays on Teaching, I write more about my concepts and my methods.

If you are interested in learning more about how exactly I work with students, why not invite me to give a workshop or lecture at your institution? Contact me at tyll.zybura@uni-bielefeld.de.

I can offer workshops in English, German, or both; for interdisciplinary audiences or tailored specifically to English departments (Anglistik).

My expertise

Planning and executing writing intensive seminars
I teach academic writing not as a separate skill in dedicated courses, but as part of the way we do science, embedded in our everyday teaching. I teach seminars in literary and cultural studies, but my methods can easily be transferred to other sciences within the humanities.
Designing effective writing exercises for beginners and advanced students
For my non-normative, strategies-based approach to teaching academic writing it is important to offer a variety of different exercises that students can try out to find what works for them.
Working with writing portfolios
Writing portfolios with a guided reflection not only help students develop meta-cognitive awareness of their own writing strategies. They are also a powerful tool for me to evaluate the efficacy of my teaching.
Solution-oriented supervision of student writing
I have developed specific techniques for all stages in the supervision of student writing (from initial consultations to responses on final drafts and grading) that enable students to take charge of their own thinking and writing with confidence.
Empathetic teacher-student communication
More important for the success of my teaching than methods is the empathetic attitude (Haltung) I practice toward my students, always. When students know to be respected in their individuality and diversity by me as a representative of the institution, they can find their own agency and voice within academia.

Previous workshops

  • Tyll Zybura. “Effektives und wertschätzendes Feedback auf studentische Texte geben.” (“How to Give Effective and Appreciative Feedback to Student Writing.”) Staff development workshop, Bielefeld University, Germany, 26 Jun 2018.

  • Tyll Zybura and Katharina Pietsch. “Portfolio-Cover-Letters: Von Studierenden über ihr eigenes Lernen lernen.” (“Portfolio Cover Letters: Learning From Students About How They Learn.”) Invited talk at Zentrum für Lehren und Lernen (Center for Teaching and Learning), Bielefeld University, Germany, 24 May 2018.

  • Tyll Zybura. “Effektives und wertschätzendes Feedback auf studentische Texte geben.” (“How to Give Effective and Appreciative Feedback to Student Writing.”) Staff development workshop, Bielefeld University, Germany, 2 Mar 2018.

  • Tyll Zybura. “Effektives und wertschätzendes Feedback auf studentische Texte geben – Erfahrung aus der Anglistik.” (“How to Give Effective and Appreciative Feedback to Student Writing.”) Invited talk at Zentrum für Lehren und Lernen (Center for Teaching and Learning), Bielefeld University, Germany, 26 Oct 2017.

Publications

  • Vivian Gramley, Katharina Pietsch, and Tyll Zybura. Writing in English Studies: A Guide for Students in English Linguistics and Literature. utb/Verlag Barbara Budrich. Reihe: Schreiben im Studium (Ed. Swantje Lahm). To be published in 2020.

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