The Writing Requirement Package | The Reading Requirement Package
Background | Designated writing | Aims
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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EWRite is an open access online literacy platform for PolyU community that has two major objectives:
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.