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Wilfrid Laurier University course pairs students and seniors

A professor at Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus has created a course that will see his students helps seniors write their autobiographies.

English class will see students helping seniors write autobiographies

Wilfrid Laurier's Brantford campus is offering a course that will pair up a local senior with a student to help write their autobiography.

Students at Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus, may be surprised to see some seniors on campus this fall. 

That's thanks to a new course being offered by the university's English department.

Called "Life Writing – American Voices to 1900," the course has an autobiography component  that will see students teaming up with 30 seniors from the area, helping them write their autobiographies. 

Just the value of those intergenerational exchanges benefit everyone.- Michael Ackerman, professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford

The course is the result of a collaboration between the Grand River Council of Aging and Wilfrid Laurier University, lead by Michael Ackerman. 

Ackerman, who is a professor at Laurier and a represents the university on the GRCOA, says both senior volunteers and students have a lot to gain from the experience.

"Just the value of those intergenerational exchanges benefit everyone," said Ackerman. 

"You don't get the same discussions with the more homogenous groups, so the more diversified it is the better."

Ackerman said the university is looking for seniors who may want to participate in the program come September. Anyone interested is encouraged to e-mail him directly at mackerman@wlu.ca or by getting in touch with the Grand River Council on Aging. 

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