Acquisition of Written Language and the Development of the Individual Writer (Linguistics)

Niveau: BA3

EC: 5

Docent(en): Rina de Vries (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Looptijd: begin april 2022 – eind juni 2022 (deze cursus is al gestart, schrijf je vast in voor de volgende cursus)

In this course you will reflect on different theories regarding the acquisition of written language by relating these to the development of an individual writer (you and/or another writer).


  • Develop knowledge regarding major theories in language acquisition
  • Reflect on relationships between theories of writing and individual writer development
  • Develop academic reading and writing in English

Activities: Each week you will read compulsory articles regarding theory and research in composition studies (weeks 2-3, socioculturally-informed theories; weeks 4-5, genre-based theories; weeks 6-7, cognitive theories). You will keep a reflective journal regarding your readings by writing brief summaries of major points and connecting these to your own and/or others’ experiences with writing.