2. Why do we write reflective essays?

Writing a reflective essay provides you with an opportunity to think critically about how an experience made you feel and how this connects to your personal beliefs. We all have our own views and perspectives that bring to a situation, which in turn affects how we see and interpret it. This process also gives you a chance to connect these experiences, feelings, and beliefs to what you are taught in theory and what you need to do in practice. You can then use these ideas to inform how you might act or think differently in the future, that is, effect change through learning (Cottrell, 2017).

About this website

EWRite is an open access online literacy platform for PolyU community that has two major objectives:

  • to support PolyU students’ literacy development within and across the disciplines
  • to support subject and language teachers to implement system-level measures for integrating literacy-sensitive pedagogies across the university

This platform provides access to generic genre guides representing typical university assignments as well as links to subjects offered by faculties with specific disciplinary genres and relevant support materials.

The materials can be retrieved by students by choosing the genres that interest them on the landing page. Each set of materials includes a genre guide, genre video, and a genre checklist. The genre guide and video are to summarize the genres in two different ways (i.e. textual and dynamic) to fit different learning styles. The genre checklist is for students to self-regulate their writing process. The genre guide and checklist include links to various ELC resources that can provide further explanation to language items (e.g. hedging and academic vocabulary).

The platform also acts as a one-stop-shop for writing resources for students, language teachers and subject leaders. Information about the English Writing Requirement policy can also be found on this platform. There are training materials for new colleagues joining the EWR Liaison Team.