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LING6011 Writing and Written Language

Module Overview

The module examines the techniques of process, product, context, and instruction of writing in a second language. The first deals with composing and the writer in relation to the text; the second deals with the text produced, its structure and organisation; the third with the text and the writer in relation to social context; and the fourth with the teaching, assessment, and acquisition of writing in a second language.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• examine the major issues concerning writing, written language, and literacy in a second language; • provide a linguistic analysis of written text structure and takes on areas of theoretical concern in second language writing; • provide an overview of issues concerning writing, written language, and literacy which are of particular relevance to teachers and learners of a foreign language.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • key concepts and terms used in current research into writing in both first and second languages;
  • the ways in which research into writing is carried out;
  • your own strategies as a writer.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • relate theory to practice in applied linguistics;
  • understand how research tools are used to investigate practical situations
  • understand your own approaches to writing in different contexts.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply theoretical models of the writing process to your students’ writing in the classroom;
  • understand the relationship between your students’ literacy in their first and second languages.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • understand and evaluate research methods used in the study of writing;
  • examine the strategies you use in text production;
  • examine the place of writing in your own learning and teaching of languages.

Syllabus

The main body of the module is in four parts which examine process, product, context, and instruction of writing in a second language. The first deals with composing and the writer in relation to the text; the second deals with the text produced, its structure and organisation; the third with the text and the writer in relation to their social context; and the fourth with the teaching, assessment, and acquisition of writing in a second language.

Special Features

There will be one or more papers to read each week which will introduce the key ideas for discussion in the following week’s session. Throughout the module you will be encouraged to reflect on your own experiences as writers, to examine the strategies you use in text production and to examine the place of writing in your own learning and teaching of languages.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • seminars; • student-led sessions; • workshops. Learning activities include • literature searches; • analyses of current research; • devising and carrying out small scale research projects.

TypeHours
Teaching24
Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Cumming, A. (1998). Theoretical Perspectives on Writing. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics. ,18 , pp. 61–78.

Archibald, A. & G. C. Jeffery (2000). Second Language Acquisition and Writing: A multidisciplinary approach. Learning and Instruction. ,10 , pp. 1–11.

Nystrand, M., Green, S., & Wiemelt, J. (1993). Where did composition studies come from? An intellectual history. Written Communication. ,10 , pp. 267–333.

Grabe, W. & Kaplan, R. B. (1996). Theory and practice of writing. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback ? group activities; ? practical research tasks; ? Analysis and discussion of recent research papers.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Research essay  (4500 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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