Second Language Writing

Subject 175-538 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Neomy Storch
Subject Overview:

This subject is an introduction to the theories of second language writing development and approaches to second language writing instruction. It locates issues related to the development and instruction of second language writing within a broader debate about what it means to be literate in a second language. Topics include theories of second language development, asessing the development of second language writing, changing forms of literacy, particularly media literacy, and different approaches to writing instruction. Students will examine issues relating to identity and second language writing, critical literacy, the efficacy of different approaches to second language writing instruction, and particularly the provision of feedback on writing, and current debates over literacy.

Assessment: Two assignments, a report (2000 words) based on an analysis of second language writing samples and an essay (3000 words).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • develop their skills in research, critical thinking and analysis, thinking in theoretical terms, communicating, and understanding of social, ethical and cultural contexts.

Previously available as 175-012 First and Second Language Literacies. Students who have completed 175-012 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

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