Dr. Zak Lancaster

Dr. Zak Lancaster

Before coming to Wake Forest, I lived for seven years in Seoul, Korea, where I taught courses in English language and academic writing at Yonsei University. I then completed my PhD in the Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan. In Korea I was focused primarily on assisting English language learners to develop academic literacies; in Michigan I was focused primarily on writing in the disciplines, but always with an eye to the details of language use. In my doctoral research I used linguistic discourse analysis to identify stance-related difficulties that students experienced—without their instructors’ fully conscious awareness—when learning to write argumentative genres in economics and political theory. Motivated by these research and teaching experiences, I have written about ways that language can be an explicit focus of instruction to provide support for student writers who have difficulty reading and writing academic genres, as well as for faculty in the disciplines who seek to expand their range of strategies for evaluating and responding to student writing. In my teaching, I place emphasis on helping students to unpack their implicit understandings of language use in writing
genres.