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Electronic Linguistic Term Papers (E-LiTe)

Writing a linguistic term paper – especially the first one – can present itself as a difficult task and challenge for many students. To support students at all stages of their studies in writing academic papers in the field of linguistics, the Home of English Linguistics at the Department of Anglophone Studies at the UDE is introducing a new project: Electronic Linguistic Term Papers (“E-LiTe”).

What is E-LiTe about?

E-LiTe is a course-overarching online resource designed to support students in the development of the key skills and competencies in academic research and writing needed for independent scientific work in linguistics. In particular, the handling of various sources and data, their analysis and evaluation using standard linguistic methodology, and the correct use of linguistic terminology in the writing of term papers are key competencies in this area of scientific work, which E-LiTe aims to promote. As a supplemental offering to module Ling2 (Areas and Approaches), the project primarily aims at supporting students in writing their first academic papers in the field of linguistics. Beyond that, however, E-LiTe is also intended to serve as a resource for students at all stages of their studies experiencing individual uncertainties when it comes to academic practice, such as finding a suitable topic, conducting linguistic analyses, the appropriate use of academic language and adhering to the correct citation conventions.

The main goal of E-LiTe: Creating a Hub for Asynchronous and Autodidactic Learning Units and Peer-to-Peer Exchange

The central objective of E-LiTe is to develop an asynchronous and largely autodidactic e-learning environment on Moodle: The E-LiTe Moodle course provides students with a variety of skills-focused modules and topic specific resourcesa plethora of mini e-lectures, interactive learning units and quizzes regarding academic work in English linguistics as well as the opportunity for peer-to-peer exchange through forums and chats. Additionally, digital peer consultations will be offered to guide students along their academic reading and writing process and provide individualized feedback.

Furthermore, E-LiTe works towards a linguistic bibliography which is both methodological and subject-related. The project is rooted in student feedback as a vital resource to revise and extend the linguistics style sheet, which serves as a central point for information retrieval for students of English linguistics. E-LiTe will thus provide a comprehensive set of practical exercises and theoretical information resources to support students in their further studies.

The focus on digital teaching formats, interactive learning units and the constant possibility to further adapt the course according to the feedback and changing needs of students, are the central advantages of project E-LiTe and also guarantee its long-term usability in years to come. 

Thank you for your interest!

Title of the Project
Electronic Linguistic Term Papers

Acronym
E-LiTe

Official Website
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Initiation, concept and supervision
Frauke Griese
Michael Wentker

Student support
Julia Kianzad
Viktoria Schutschmann

Keywords
online resource, academic writing, term papers, e-learning, autodidactic learning