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Studies in English Composition


Admission requirements



The ability to write well is increasingly an important factor in personal, academic and professional life. Yet how writing competence is understood varies depending upon the social purposes for which it is undertaken. In this course, we will explore how writing as a socially situated activity is variously conceptualized drawing from approaches in systemic functional linguistics. The course is designed to prepare students with the strategic knowledge required to engage with advanced writing tasks in English that are aligned with their future goals for career and/or further study. Students will select a genre of writing to analyze and share their findings in both an oral presentation and a written composition drawing from their independent research.
Course objectives

  • Develop advanced English writing abilities for academic and career goals

  • Analyze relationships between form, function, and social purpose in a range of challenging texts

  • Gain knowledge of select composition theories and their relevance to the teaching and learning of writing


The timetable is available on the MA Linguistics website

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

280 hours

  • Attending seminars: 26 hours

  • Weekly reading assignments: 52 hours

  • Independent research: 26 hours

  • Preparation for presentation: 76 hours

  • Preparation for final paper: 100 hours

Assessment method

  • Paper

  • Abstract, oral presentation.


  • Weekly independent research and reading homework: 30%

  • Oral presentation: 30%

  • Course paper: 40%

  • Weighing
    The final grade consists of the weighted average of the above components.

  • Resit
    Students who fail the course paper may resit the paper.

Exam Review

Students are entitled to view their marked examination within a period of 30 days, following publication of the results of a written examination.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Submission of assignments

  • Course information

  • Online discussion (discussion board)

Reading list



Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English.

Students other than MA Linguistics need permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte

Registration Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


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