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Fall 2017
Jan 18, 2018
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LING 456 - L2 Writing
This course introduces students to the field of L2 writing, which investigates how people become good writers in multiple languages – whether they are second/foreign/heritage languages, as all are implied in the term “second language” or “L2”. It also examines the implications of the research base for how to support the development of writing among linguistically and culturally diverse writers. Topics covered will include (1) the linguistic challenges L2 writers face (e.g., in terms of vocabulary, grammar, and linguistic resources needed to meet voice, audience, and rhetorical demands of diverse genres and academic/professional communities); (2) pedagogical options for L2 writing (e.g., use of multiple drafts, teacher and peer feedback, writing conferences, individual and peer editing); (3) rhetorical transfer and plagiarism, probably the two most contested topics regarding the relationship between literacy and culture; (4) the roles of agency, identity, and power in shaping success among multilingual writers; and (5) the impact of new technologies on multilingual literacies. These topics will be tailored to the particular literacy contexts that enrolled students want to know about, such as: heritage language curricula, EFL settings, Writing Centers, programs for adults with limited schooling, or k-12 education for English Language Learners. The course assignments will offer choices for either traditional projects (e.g., a literature review paper, a proposal for an L2 writing study) or hands-on mini-projects (e.g., developing and delivering a workshop for teacher/tutor training, analyzing L2 texts, designing corpus/concordancing activities for L2 writers). By balancing both research and pedagogical interests, the course seeks to appeal to students with diverse interests and with different career goals. It will serve students who want to develop cutting-edge professional expertise in the teaching of L2 writing as well as those who want to explore possibilities for conducting research on L2 writing. The course is open to graduate and undergraduate students.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Linguistics Department

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