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ASSIGNMENT

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HBEL3103
TEACHING OF WRITING
MAY 2016 SEMESTER
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INSTRUCTIONS TO STUDENTS
1. This assignment contains only ONE (1) question that is set in the language of the printed module
for the course.
2. Answer in English.
3. Learners are to submit assignment only in MS-WORD format unless specified otherwise. Please
refrain from converting text/phrases into picture format such as .gif / .jpeg / print screen / etc.
4. Download the language version of the assignment template concerned from the myINSPIRE for
preparation and submission of your assignment. Your assignment should be typed using 12 point
Times New Roman font and 1.5 line spacing.
5. Your assignment should be between 2500 to 3000 words excluding references. Do not copy the
assignment question and instructions to your answer. Only assignment answer developed within
the approximate word limit will be assessed. The number of words should be shown at the end of
your assignment.
6. You must submit your assignment ONLINE via the myINSPIRE . Refer to the portal for
instructions on the procedures to submit your assignment online. You are advised to keep a copy
of your submitted assignment and proof of the submission for personal reference.
7. You can submit your assignment ONCE only in a SINGLE file.
8. Your assignment must be submitted between 27th June 17th July 2016. Submission after 17th
July 2016 will NOT be accepted.
9. Your assignment should be prepared individually. You should not copy another persons
assignment. You should also not plagiarise another persons work as your own.
10. Please take note that PENALTY will be imposed on late submission of assignment as specified in
the Registrars Office circular 6/2012 (Refer to Registrars Announcement in myINSPIRE ).
11. Please ensure that you keep the RECEIPT issued upon submisson of your assignment as proof of
submission. Your assignment is considered as NOT submitted if you fail to produce the
submission receipt in any dispute arises concerning assignment submission.

EVALUATION
This assignment accounts for 40% of the total marks for the course and shall be assessed
based on the Rubrics or Answer Scheme attached.
You would be given feedback on the assignment before the Final Semester Examination
commences.
PLAGIARISM: MARKS DEDUCTION
Warning: The submitted assignment will automatically undergo a similarity check. If
plagiarism is detected, marks would be deducted as follows:
No.
1.
2.
3.
4.

Similarity Percentage (%)


0 30
30.01 50
50.01 70
70.01 - 100

Marks Deduction (%)


0
120
5
122
10
124
100
126

ASSIGNMENT QUESTION
Writing is not an easy matter, especially when the students English competence is not very
well developed. This is the problem faced by many students who learn English as a second
language and our students are not an exception. In order to help overcome this problem, the
Process Approach to writing could be used.

This approach comes with the following

recursive steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Conferencing
Drafting
Editing
Reviewing
Publishing

Why is writing a difficult task for second language learners? Explain and justify how each of
the recursive steps above could be helpful in helping second language learners improve their
writing ability.
Note: Begin your paper with an introduction, the body of the essay elaborating the above and
a conclusion. Use the assignment rubrics as a guide to achieve cohesion and coherence.

[Total: 40 marks]

ASSIGNMENT RUBRICS

Category

Weight

Introduction

1.5

Body Of
Essay/
Referencing

Conclusion

1.5

Missing Items

Low

Fair

Above Average

Execellent

Marks

0
There is no
introduction.

1
There is no clear
introduction of
the main topic or
structure of the
paper.

2
The introduction states
the main topic, but does
not adequately preview
the structure of the paper
nor is it particularly
inviting to the reader.

3
The introduction clearly
states the main topic and
previews the structure of
the paper, but is not
particularly inviting to
the reader.

4
The introduction is
inviting, states the
main topic and
previews the
structure of the
paper.

Main ideas in all


paragraph is
inappropriate and
relevant.
Writing is generally
plagiarized.

The main ideas in


all paragraphs are
not clear. There is
a strong evidence
of plagiarism.

One of the paragraphs has


a clear main idea. Only
some supporting details
are appropriate and
relevant. Most outside
sources are not cited/
referenced properly.

Main ideas of both


paragraphs are clear.
Most supporting details
are appropriate and
relevant. Most outside
sources are properly
cited/ referenced.

There is one clear,


well-focused topic.
Main idea stands out
and is supported by
detailed information.
All outside sources
are properly cited/
referenced.

12

There is no
conclusion.

There is no clear
conclusion, the
paper just ends.

The conclusion is
The conclusion is
recognizable, but does not recognizable and gives
effectively close the
closure to the essay.
essay.

The conclusion is
strong and leaves the
reader with a feeling
that they understand
what the writer is
"getting at."

Coherence

Writing is confusing
and has a lot of gaps.
No or limited number
of cohesive devices
used to assist
comprehension

Writing contains
major mistakes in
the use of
cohesive devices
that affected
general
understanding.

There are attempts to use


cohesive devices but writing
lacks direction that affected
readers comprehension.

There are clear attempts


to use cohesive devices
to link details but in one
or two places, writing
appears incoherent.

Details are placed in


a logical order and
the way they are
presented effectively
keeps the interest of
the reader.

Language/
Grammar

Writing is generally
incomprehensible
due to grammar,
structures and
spelling mistakes.

Writer makes a
lot of errors in
grammar,
structure or
spelling that
affect readers
comprehension.

Writer makes some errors in


grammar, structure, or
spelling that affect readers
understanding.

Writer makes minimal


errors in grammar,
structure and spelling
that does not affect
readers understanding.

Writer makes no
errors in grammar or
spelling that
distracts the reader
from the content.

Total

40