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Asmita Ghimire is doing her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Texas El Paso. She completed her graduate degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Before this, she worked as faculty in Kathmandu University, Nepal where she taught Technical Communication and Legal Writing. Her areas of focus are transnational and translingual rhetoric and writing, feminist writing and rhetoric, and critical digital rhetoric.

Elizabethada Wright is Professor of Writing Studies in UMD’s Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies and on the graduate faculty at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities’ Literacy and Rhetorical Studies Program. Additionally, she is the coordinator of UMD’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Dr. Wright has published in numerous journals and collections on how marginalized people speak in societies that attempt to silence them.


Overviewing rhetoric and composition's evolution from “English” to “Englishes,” this article shows how the denigration of non-native English-Speaking Teachers (NNEST) of writing on the basis of English difference disregards linguistics’ understandings of the evolutions of language. Additionally, this essay demonstrates that when we consider writing via the lens of the threshold concepts and see writing as an exercise of mind, ideas and thinking, NNEST of writing can be a strength in twenty-first century First Year Composition (FYC) course.



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