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LING3006 Writing in a Second Language

Module Overview

The unit 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

Module Aims

• to engender an understanding of the major issues involved in the products and processes of writing in a second language • provide you with methods and models to aid your understanding of the writer and their text • encourage you to use these tools to reflect on your own experiences as writers in the languages you are studying.

Learning Outcomes

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 nature of text and the written product
  • the particular issues involved in developing second language literacy
  • the social contexts of writing
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • work effectively in a team
  • prepare and deliver oral presentations
  • plan and organise your own learning schedule
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 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 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.

Special Features

Your knowledge and understanding of issues, concepts and methods in English language teaching will be developed through participation in the seminars and through out of class tasks (observations, interviews, video, and readings). It will be assessed in the essay assignment and through the practical task.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • seminars • workshops Learning activities include • individual study • 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

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Archibald, A. & G. C. Jeffery (2000). Second language acquisition and writing: A multidisciplinary approach. Learning and Instruction. ,10 , pp. 1–11.

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

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


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback  guidance on oral presentations  discussion of written assignments (in advance and after completion)


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 50%
Practical assignment 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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