I. Introduction to the Writing Requirement
In order to pursue its goals of trilingualism and biliteracy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is preparing to enhance substantially its language instruction with the new four-year curriculum. As part of this enhancement, with regard to English language writing in particular, the Policy and Implementation Guidelines on the R and W requirements of CAR subjects (June 2010) state that all students are required to complete one subject that includes a requirement for a substantial piece of writing in English within their CAR programmes with a "W" designation.
In order for a CAR subject to be eligible for a "W" designation, it must include an extensive piece of writing of approximately 2,500 words. In order to be eligible for a "W" credit for the subject, students are required to participate in instructional and assessment activities which aim at offering them in-depth training and assistance in their writing process and assisting them to acquire the appropriate writing skills they need for their university studies and future career. The activities are outlined below:
These activities are organized and conducted by ELC staff, in consultation with the instructor of the course. The writing assignment concerned, as well as the performance of the students in the related activities, is graded jointly by the subject instructor and the ELC staff member and counts for a substantial proportion of the final grade for the subject, with the precise weighting determined by the subject instructor. It is recommended, though, that the final writing assignment would contribute to no less than 30% of the subject grade.
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