Language Acquisition 6: Writing a Review of Literature

Vakbeschrijving Language Acquisition 6: Writing a Review of Literature
Collegejaar: 2017-2018
Studiegidsnummer: 5623VLWRL
Docent(en):
  • Dr. J.V. Jeffery
  • Dr. A.G. Dorst
  • Mr.drs. A.A. Foster
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 5
Niveau: 400
Periode: Semester 2, Blok III, IV
  • Geen Keuzevak
  • Geen Contractonderwijs
  • Geen Exchange
  • Geen Study Abroad
  • Geen Avondonderwijs
  • Geen A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Geen Honours Class

Admission requirements

A pass for Language Acquisition 2 (or an equivalent introductory course on academic writing) and Language Acquisition 3 (or equivalent) is required.

Description

This course is designed to assist students in preparing for the BA thesis with a focus writing to sources. In the first half of the course we build on previous coursework in academic writing by examining topics such as source integration, expository writing strategies (e.g., argumentative structures), and peer review. You will locate, read, and analyze academic sources related to a potential BA thesis topic (e.g., in literature, philology, theoretical or applied linguistics) and construct an annotated bibliography of those sources in the first half of the course. This bibliography will serve as the bases for a literature review essay to be completed in the second half.

In the second half of the course, you will compose a review of literature based on your annotated bibliography by meeting in peer review groups of four to five students. With guidance from your tutor and your peers, you will participate in peer review sessions to facilitate the process of moving your literature review from an initial rough draft to an edited final draft.

In order to participate in the second half of the course, you must meet the following criteria: 1) attend block III tutorials having completed weekly assignments; and 2) achieve a score of 6 or higher on your annotated bibliography, which is due the last week of block III.

Course objectives

• Write academic essays at CEF-level C1
• Peer review academic texts
• Develop, revise and edit writing based on reviews
• Integrate academic source material into a coherent academic composition using sound citation practice
• Strategically read and analyse academic source material
• Prepare for BA thesis

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA English website

Mode of instruction

• One 45-minute lecture until Reading Week. The evening students follow these lectures online (weblectures).
• One weekly 45-minute seminar.

Course Load

The course load of this course is 140 hours, allocated as follows:
• Attending lectures and seminars: 20 hours.
• Conducting independent research and preparing an annotated bibliography: 50 hours.
• Writing a literature review and preparing for peer review sessions: 70 hours.

Assessment method

Assessment

• Annotated bibliography of research: 30%
• Peer-review and tutorial participation: 20%
• Essay at the end of the course: 50%

Students must achieve a 6.0 pass for the annotated bibliography and miss no more than two sessions in the first half of the course in order to participate in the second half of the course.

Weighing

• Annotated bibliography of research: 30%
• Peer-review and tutorial participation: 20%
• Essay at the end of the course: 50%

Students must achieve a 6.0 pass for the annotated bibliography and miss no more than two sessions in the first half of the course in order to participate in the second half of the course. To pass the course, students need to obtain a 6.0 pass for the essay and participate in peer review sessions.

Resit

If the final mark for the essay is a 5.49 or lower, students can resubmnit the essay.The peer review component cannot be retaken.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Attendance

Attendance is compulsory. Missing more than three tutorials means that students will be excluded from taking the exam (or essay or other assignments) and resits. Consequently, the course cannot be completed during that particular academic year. Unauthorized absence also applies to being unprepared and/or not bringing the relevant course materials to class.

During the course, students must submit all assignments to Blackboard by the deadlines. Students who do not meet this requirement are automatically excluded from further participation and should contact the Board of Examiners.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for to provide students with information about the course. Course assignments will be submitted via Blackboard.

Reading list

N/A

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Students other than BA English language and culture studies need permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte

Registration (Contractonderwijs](http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderwijs/contractonderwijs/)

Contact

Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.

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