The module will take you through the process, the product and the place of writing. Process will deal primarily with modelling cognitive operations, analysis of composing strategies, and individual differences and changes in processes over time. Product will deal primarily with text analysis, and contrastive rhetoric. And place will deal primarily with social construction, genre analysis, and analysis of the individual's knowledge , motivation, and needs.
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- the nature of cognitive processes in writing
- the social contexts of writing
- the nature of text and the written product
- the particular issues involved in developing second language literacy
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- analyse the processes involved in writing in a second language
- apply theoretical models to case studies.
This module will examine the major issues concerning writing, written language, and literacy in a second language. It typically provides a linguistic analysis of written text structure and takes on areas of theoretical concern in second language writing. 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 language learning.
The main body of the module is in four parts which typically 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 assessment, teaching, and acquisition of writing in a second language.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching methods include
Learning activities include
preparing presentations and discussions in small groups
conducting observations/interviews and small research projects
reading and critiquing academic papers
Innovative or special features of this module
weekly readings feed into sessions
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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(1), pp. 1–11.
Grabe, W. & Kaplan, R. B. (1996). Theory and practice of writing. Longman.
Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback
guidance on oral presentations
discussion of written assignments (in advance and after completion)
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External