LSMDWL-Written Language

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof Clare Furneaux

Email: c.l.furneaux@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module aims to review main issues in reading and writing, and to consider the pedagogical implications for TEFL of the issues raised. It will involve reflection upon current theory and research, and consideration of learner practices, with a view to helping participants devise approaches appropriate to given teaching contexts.

Aims:
This module aims to review main issues in reading and writing, and to consider the pedagogical implications for TEFL of the issues raised. It will involve reflection upon current theory and research, and consideration of learner practices, with a view to helping participants devise approaches appropriate to given teaching contexts.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • critically discuss the main issues in written language in ELT with reference to current and recent research, and to relate these to different pedagogic contexts .
  • discuss the principles for selection and exploitation of written language teaching material and pedagogic practices from a principled perspective.

Additional outcomes:
The module will promote the development of autonomous learning skills through engagement with distance study module materials. Students own reading and writing skills and strategies will be developed.

Outline content:
This module covers the following topics: The process and purposes of reading. Language issues in reading. Background knowledge and schema theory. Skills and strategies in reading. Key issues in the teaching of writing. The research background in first and second language writing. Different approaches to the teaching of writing. Feedback on writing.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students work through specifically written distance study module materials, doing tasks and reading commentaries on those tasks. They also receive core readings in the form of selected articles and a core textbook. The module tutor can be contacted by e-mail, letter or phone.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Guided independent study: 50 50 100
       
Total hours by term 50 50 100
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
A 3-4,000 word assignment on a selected topic.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination by coursework to be submitted for the next appropriate distance study submission deadline.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 10 April 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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