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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM318: Writing: the Future

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


Introduction:  the place of writing in the language curriculum; an overview of research in writing; learning to write; developing as a writer; articulating a pedagogy for writing.


The Writing Process:  cognitive models of the writing process; process theories of writing; students’ composing processes; the writing process in the curriculum; re-thinking  planning, drafting and revising as classroom processes.


Creative Writing:  theories of creativity; defining creativity writing; teachers’ thinking about creative writing; professional writers’ perspectives on writing;  teachers as writers; the creative writing workshop; developing students’ critical responses to writing; assessing creative writing.


The Grammar-Writing Relationship:  the historical grammar debate; prescriptive and descriptive grammar; grammar as choice; functionally-oriented grammar; metalinguistic understanding;  teaching grammar to support writing development.


Writing Conversations: the importance of talk in the teaching of writing; talk to support the writing process: generation, formulation, revision; managing effective classroom talk about writing; supporting metalinguistic conversations.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 12Suite of 5 online preparatory lectures of 60 minutes duration available through ELE with scheduled reflection tasks for participants with response deadlines
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 144 Seminars of 3 hours each: Face-to-face or online webinar, plus 2 one hour webinars
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 50Work-based Learning
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 3, 20Workshop, fieldwork
Guided independent study30Independent Study using online ‘Cybergrammar’ website to develop grammatical subject knowledge and undertake self-testing.
Guided independent study3Completion of a research skills audit which will be used by tutors to advise on use of online study support modules
Guided independent study12, 5Preparation for taught sessions through accessing and listening to flipped teaching lectures and undertaking preparatory reading (approx. 10 articles).Preparation of a research proposal for the research assignment
Guided independent study10, 30Conduct fieldwork lesson observations and write up the observations in the Structured Observation Log. Data collection and analysis for research assignment.
Guided independent study40Preparation of a portfolio of creative writing and an accompanying critical commentary.
Guided independent study71Completion of written assignment for summative assessment. Task includes further reading in relation to focus of the project, synthesis of material and drafting/redrafting the final piece of work.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

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