English Text Editing MA

2019-2020

Course Objective

The aim of this course is to provide students with a deeper insight into
the factors that need to be considered when editing English texts,
particularly those written by authors for whom English is not a first
language. It is also an opportunity for students to critically assess
and develop their own writing skills and gain new insights into complex
issues of grammar, syntax, punctuation, textual cohesion, etc.
On a theoretical level, the course will discuss ethical issues
concerning editor’s face (e.g. questions of authorship, “how far is too
far?”) and examine the relationship between author, editor and reader.
On a practical level, the course aims to improve and build specific
editing skills and train students to efficiently spot errors and
re-formulate sentences in a logical and accurate manner.

Course Content

• The course will begin with a diagnostic exercise and each session will
include specific themes, relevant exercises and homework assignments.
• The first few weeks are devoted to “category 1” editing (i.e.
spotting, explaining and correcting the most frequent errors relating to
spelling, punctuation, lexical choice, lexical grammar and clause
grammar).
• The last few weeks focus on “category 2” editing, which involves
message management (i.e. making written texts more effective for a
specific target audience).
• The course will also include (a) discussion of ethical issues in
editing work, particularly in an academic context, and (b) consideration
of the editor’s role as a gatekeeper and language advisor in a world
where the status of English is rapidly changing.
• The course is worth 6 EC, which comes down to 168 hours of work.

Teaching Methods

4 hours of class per week.

Method of Assessment

Students will submit a final portfolio for assessment at the end of the
course. This portfolio will contain the revised homework editing
assignments, a short position paper on one of the proposed topics, and a
final editing assignment.

Entry Requirements

This course is open to master students who have a strong BA background
in English language.

Literature

The Chicago Manual of Style, online edition

Target Audience

Master students who wish to develop their editing skills in English and
refine their own editing and writing process.

Additional Information

This course has obligatory attendance. Students are allowed to miss a
maximum of two sessions and must provide a valid reason for their
absence.

General Information

Course Code L_ETMAALG004
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. M.J. van den Haak
Examiner dr. M.J. van den Haak
Teaching Staff dr. M.J. van den Haak

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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