ELS504 Understanding Writing (8)

This subject aims to give students an in-depth understanding of practical and theoretical aspects of written language and the teaching of writing. Students will be encouraged to explore differing perspectives on writing in order to extend and enrich their current beliefs and approaches. Students will consider case-studies of writing and writers, across a range of learning and education contexts, and draw on their own experiences as writers and teachers of writing in order to examine the linguistic, sociocultural and ideological complexities of writing and learning to write.

Subject availability
Session 2 (60)
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
HD/FL
Duration
One session
School
School of Education
Enrolment restrictions

Available to student in the Master of Education

Assumed Knowledge
N/A
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate understanding of a range of theoretical perspectives on writing
  • consider seminal case-studies and their contribution to writing instruction
  • discuss literature that has informed influential approaches to writing instruction
  • use frameworks and concepts central to writing and writing instruction as analytic tools
  • use writing as a tool for reflecting on own experiences of writing and writing education
  • employ writing frameworks for critiquing and enhancing pedagogical practices
  • articulate their position on the nature of writing and learning to write
Syllabus
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • theoretical perspectives on writing (e.g. cognitive process, sociocultural, poststructuralist)
  • historical and contemporary approaches to writing policy and practice (e.g. balance, critical)
  • binaries in writing pedagogy (implicit/explicit; acquisition/learning; immersion/instruction)
  • the social construction of writers and writing development
  • methods for examining writers and writing in and across contexts (e.g. naturalistic observation)
  • changing writing education through written reflection and action (e.g. autoethnography)
Contact
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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