Second Language Writing

Subject LING90020 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours- 1 x 2 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

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:

Subject Overview:

The subject will introduce students to key theories of second language writing and composing processes and approaches to second language writing instruction. It will focus on issues that are pertinent to second language writing teachers such as assessing writing, the efficacy of different types of feedback on writing, and measures that can be used to investigate development in L2 writing.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be familiar with major theories of L2 wrirting;
  • be able to critically evaluate different approaches to L2 writing instruction;
  • be able to investigate aspects that may impact on the development of L2 writing and signs of such development.
  • A 2000 word essay [40%]
  • A 3000 word report which involves data analysis and interpretation [60%]
Prescribed Texts:

A set of readings will be prepared by the subject coordinator and made available on LMS.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • be able to summarise, synthesise and engage critically with theories and research on a particular topic (related to second language writing);
  • be able to collect and analyse empirical data (identify patterns and variability in L2 written production);
  • be able to explain findings by reference to relevant L2 writing theories and research.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English Language - 100 Point Program
English Language - 150 Point Program
English Language - 200 Point Program
Language Testing - 100 Point Program
Language Testing - 150 Point Program
Language Testing - 200 Point Program
Modern Languages - 100 Point Program
TESOL - 100 Point Program
TESOL - 150 Point Program
TESOL - 200 Point Program
Technology in Language Learning - 100 Point Program
Technology in Language Learning - 150 Point Program
Technology in Language Learning - 200 Point Program

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