Wouldn't you like to know how you will change as a writer across the duration of your BA Degree?  Wouldn't it be awesome if there was somebody behind the scenes tracking how you develop as a writer and your eventual involvement into your chosen community of practice?  Also, wouldn't it be even more awesome if that behind-the-scenes person could help you become a better writer?

If so.......

As a new B.A. student entering your studies in Semester 1, 2018, you are invited to join a research study headed by Dr. Peter Crosthwaite at UQ's School of Languages and Cultures, within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS).

This project, titled 'Exploring Language Development in Tertiary Education', involves the analysis of your written assignments submitted across the three years of your B.A. degree program. The project aims to convert this data into a corpus (or collection of electronically searchable text), which we will use to track your development as a writer, and help you to become a better writer, during the course of your degree.  

Upon logging into the 'Welcome' page of Learn.UQ,  you will see on the 'my courses' tab that you have been added to a course titled '[HASS0653] Exploring language development in tertiary education: A longitudinal corpus study, 2018.

This is a Learn.UQ Blackboard site, set up specifically for this research project, where you will receive announcements and notifications.  Simply visit this site at any time before the end of Semester 1, 2018 [the video says week 6, but this has now been extended], and follow the instructions on that site to either join / opt-out of the project.  

Your participation in this world-first, groundbreaking project is strongly encouraged (although you are under no obligation to join).  The study is open to both first (L1) and second (L2) language speakers of English.


A HUGE thanks to those who already signed up!

Help us to help you and help UQ!


Dr. Peter Crosthwaite  , Ph.D., FHEA.

Lecturer, School of Languages and Cultures,

University of Queensland



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