Courses Catalogue

Scholarly Writing And Publication Skills

COURSE CODE: LIN 7121
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Master of Arts In Linguistics
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The course introduces students to paraphernalia of skills necessary for scholarly, writing and publication skills. Critical reading and thinking are emphasized throughout the course as students are encouraged to apply new techniques in analyzing selected texts and respond to them either orally or in written form. Students will be directed to peer reviewed journals that address linguistics in general in a bid to prepare them to write for publication. They will rigorously examine the forms and structures of argument and means of writing for various audiences. Students will practice through drafting and presenting journal articles and brief research concepts as part of the course assignments.

Course Objectives

1)    To provide students with the relevant skills to read, review and write linguistics journal articles

2)    To guide students to locate and register with linguistics associations and journals

3)    To support students to develop thesis concepts or draft chapters

4)    To encourage students to use appropriate linguistics terminology in relation to their reading and writing

5)    To develop students' understanding of how writers, readers, texts and publishers interact

Course Learning Outcomes Students will be able to:

1)    Appropriately read, review and write linguistics journal articles

2)    Locate and register with international linguistics journals and associations

3)    Apply appropriate linguistics terminology to develop thesis concepts or chapter drafts

4)    Demonstrate an understanding of how readers, writers, texts and publishers interact

5)    Illustrate an understanding of multiple approaches to texts

6)    Identify with particular linguistics academic writers and describe their unique writing styles

7)    Demonstrate a capacity for handling the mechanical aspects of oral/written communication