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.
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
Attending seminars: 26 hours
Weekly reading assignments: 52 hours
Independent research: 26 hours
Preparation for presentation: 76 hours
Preparation for final paper: 100 hours
Abstract, oral presentation.
Weekly independent research and reading homework: 30%
Oral presentation: 30%
Course paper: 40%
The final grade consists of the weighted average of the above components.
Students who fail the course paper may resit the paper.
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
Online discussion (discussion board)
Students other than MA Linguistics need permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.
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