In a WATU course, students are expected to do a number of
writing projects and to do them in stages so that writing can be
commented upon, critiqued, help can be provided, and improvement takes
place over time. We will be writing about language and popular culture,
but we will be paying attention to the craft of research and expository
writing as well. This requires deadlines which will be rigidly adhered
to, and time management on the part of students. For an idea of
what I expect students to do in writing projects, see Helpful
Hints I also provide a `Critique Sheet' which I will use to critique
Please also look at this page for an idea of what the required format of these assignments is. Also, please set your word processor so that page numbers appear at the bottom of pages. (This will obviate the need for me to count your pages for you to make sure you have enough of them.)
It would be good to have this organized as sort of an outline with headings and subheadings, so that your connected prose, where there are gaps (you haven't done all the work yet) will be filled with outline. Think of this as an outline with some prose in it rather than loosely connected prose. See the following sample.
Hand in a semi-final draft of your project. This will be an almost finished product, as finished as you can make it, still allowing for some critique by your instructors, to give you time to polish it some more by the end of the semester.
This Paper (not in electronic form) will incorporate all the changes you will have made in response to our previous suggestions, and other work you will have done on the project.
The topic of the longer project is to write about some issue we have dealt with in class, such as science fiction representations of human and non-human language, or pseudo-scientific representations of animal communication, linguistic ability, social dialect, linguistic disability, etc. I strongly encourage you to look at this topic in terms of the metaphors they utilize to create and convey meaning.
To help you understand the requirements for this writing project, see
Hints. A WATU Assistant (tba) will be available to work with
you in the preparation of your written projects. The WATU office also has
people available on a drop-in basis, and other resources are available
to help students learn how to improve their expository writing.
See quick summary of deadlines here