Postgraduate Module Descriptor
EFPM318: Writing: the Future
This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.
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 Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||12||Suite 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||14||4 Seminars of 3 hours each: Face-to-face or online webinar, plus 2 one hour webinars|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||50||Work-based Learning|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||3, 20||Workshop, fieldwork|
|Guided independent study||30||Independent Study using online Cybergrammar website to develop grammatical subject knowledge and undertake self-testing.|
|Guided independent study||3||Completion of a research skills audit which will be used by tutors to advise on use of online study support modules|
|Guided independent study||12, 5||Preparation 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 study||10, 30||Conduct fieldwork lesson observations and write up the observations in the Structured Observation Log. Data collection and analysis for research assignment.|
|Guided independent study||40||Preparation of a portfolio of creative writing and an accompanying critical commentary.|
|Guided independent study||71||Completion 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.|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
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