EL7007 - Creative Writing for Language Learning

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What will I learn on this module?

This 30 credit module aims to explore creative writing for language learning from an applied linguistics perspective. It provides a broad overview of they ways in which creative writing can enhance language attainment taking into account some of the most recent research in second language acquisition.

In this module you will therefore explore the relationship between life writing, prose fiction writing and the promotion of language learning. You will critically engage with aspects of writing through a selection of authentic and globally sourced literary texts with a view to producing your own examples of writing. You will also learn how to critically reflect upon what you produce in order to improve your own writing skills.. At the same time, you will consider, in a critical way, how creative writing can be successfully integrated into teaching practice in order to promote language learning in the in different contexts.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through weekly interactive workshops. Key themes and concepts will be discussed and a number of practical writing activities will be undertaken that allow promote discussion and debate. All topics and debates within the module will be supported by reference to relevant literature, which you will read outside of class to further develop your knowledge and understanding of the field.

In addition to learning during taught hours with the module tutor, you will be expected to undertake both directed and independent learning. Directed learning generally will take the form of preparation for seminars where you will be expected to contribute to group work and full class discussion. Independent learning generally will take the form of further reading and investigation, the consolidation of seminar notes, and revision/preparation for the assessment of the module.

All learning materials, tasks and readings will be posted on the eLP (e-learning portal) to facilitate full participation in the module. Additionally, you will receive formative feedback on your ideas and understandings throughout the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Interactive workshops will develop both your practical knowledge of how to produce your own creative written texts to improve your own writing and your academic knowledge of how creative writing can facilitate language learning more generally in different learning contexts. Your academic development is also facilitated through engagement with the weekly readings, and also discussing theoretical and practical concerns with your tutor and peers.

The module handbook provides details of weekly topics, reading lists and assessment criteria; lecture/seminar materials are available on the eLP (see above). The module tutor will be available in workshops, in ‘Feedback and consultation hours’ (i.e. ‘office hours’) and by appointment, and on email, to discuss any queries or concerns you have regarding any aspect of the module. Formative feedback will be given in an on-going basis throughout in-class activities. You will also submit a 300 word plan of your theoretical essay (assignment 2) which you will receive tutor feedback on.

In addition, you have a designated Guidance Tutor throughout the entire duration of your studies. The academic side of the Guidance Tutor’s role includes monitoring your ongoing academic progress, helping you to develop self-reflection skills necessary for continuous academic development, and directing you to further available services which can help them with their academic skills (e.g. the Library’s Skills Plus). You are advised to see your Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress. Additional language support is also available from the ESAP programme offered by the language centre.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:


1 Demonstrate a critical engagement with authentic examples of life writing and prose fiction from around the world in order to produce and critically reflect upon their own examples of writing.



2. Critically relate the practice of creative writing to successful language learning in different teaching contexts.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

1. Reflect critically upon the ways in which your own practice may be informed by theory and research, and thus on the relevance of the theoretical literature to language learning contexts
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

2. Demonstrate the ability to critically apply, interpret and present module knowledge, and critical reflections upon this knowledge, both orally and in writing.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment

1. You will share examples of your creative work during interactive workshops and will receive formative feedback from the module tutor and peers on your own creative writing practice.

2. You will also be given feedback in a tutorial with your tutor as the submission date for the first summative assessment approaches.

3. In addition, you will present your ideas during interactive workshops and will receive formative feedback from the module tutor and peers on any perspectives you share on the application of creative writing to language learning contexts.

4. 300-word essay plan

This formative assessment will aim to ensure you organise your ideas and material for the assessed essay, by selecting relevant resources to help you answer the question they have chosen. The plan will be submitted and feedback provided via email, supported by a one-to-one meeting with the module tutor as necessary. The rationale for this is to enable you to road-test ideas before committing yourself to an argument or position.
Formative assessments address MLOs in ‘Knowledge and Understanding’, ‘Intellectual/Professional skills & abilities’, and ‘Personal Values Attributes’.




Summative (graded) Assessments


Formative assessment

During the workshops students will be given tutor and peer feedback on aspects of their own writing and on the ways in which creative writing can be employed in their own teaching contexts to facilitate language learning.


Summative assessment

1. 3000-word piece of life-writing or prose fiction.
This will enable you to demonstrate your ability to understand and produce effective pieces of creative writing.

2. 2000-word essay on the relationship between creative writing, language learning and teaching (40% of the overall mark).

You will write an essay in response to a set of questions provided by the module tutor. You will be expected to demonstrate a clear engagement with the larger themes and debates associated with language learning and the ways in which creative writing can facilitate the process.


The creative writing and essay assessments will be part of the learning process, and address all five MLOS.
Feedback will be provided using the Programme template and comments on the scripts.

Pre-requisite(s)

none

Co-requisite(s)

none

Module abstract

This 30 credit module aims to explore Creative Writing for language learning from an applied linguistics perspective. It provides a broad overview of the way in which creative writing can enhance your own and your students’ language attainment taking into account some of the most recent research in second language acquisition.

In this module you will therefore explore the relationship between life writing, prose fiction writing and the promotion of language learning. You will critically engage with aspects of writing through a selection of authentic and globally sourced literary texts with a view to producing your own examples of writing. You will also learn how to critically reflect upon what you produce in order to improve your own writing skills. At the same time, you will consider how creative writing can be successfully integrated into teaching practice in order to promote language learning in in different contexts.


Your studies during this wide-ranging module may also help you identify aspects of creative writing and language learning which you find particularly interesting. This may form a basis for studying them further during your MA dissertation.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 28 months part-time
3 other options available

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2020

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