Student demonstrated insight into the topic

Rationale: The ability to write a literature review is essential for MA TESOL students if they are to understand research topics from such perspectives as theory, history, approaches, methods and development. Students will utilize this skill in their future course work when they provide evidence, emphasize the significance of problems or research gaps, identify the relationships between theory and practice, justify their ideas, and make linguistic evaluations.
What is a literature review? A literature review is the result of identifying, locating, examining and synthesizing scholarly information on a particular topic, which establishes the basis upon which any academic or research work stands. It is the critical description and synthesis of research that leads to a final report regarding the rationale for the study. It focuses on a specific topic of interest to the writer and includes a critical analysis of the relationships among different works, and it relates this research to the writer’s research. Your research is the term project topic that you are engaged in.
Task specifications and description of the assignment: You will work individually to prepare a literature review (LR), your major writing assignment for this course. You will read and analyze 5 to 10 pieces of literature on the topic of your term project and write a LR of up to 2,000 words with an introduction, body and conclusion.
1.Choose a topic for your term project. 2.Research and identify the literature that you will need to review on the topic. This will have been part of your annotated bibliography submitted in Week 5. 3.Analyze the selected literature. Start by skimming them, then take notes of important information, annotate texts, group and categorize data, underline important information, match, etc. It is important to find common links and relationships in your sources. Any contradictioNs or disagreements should also be noted. The Synthesis Matrix can help you track recurring themes in the articles and to structure the information logically.
4. Use the Synthesis Matrix to synthesize the ideas in your mind. Think how to evaluate, compare and contrast. You will add your view on thetopic that is informed by your analysis and interaction with your project team. Engage higher level analysis.
5.Write the review. The paragraphs in the body need to discuss each theme. Do not write paragraphs about separate articles. 6.Keep your writing focused and specific. Be critical and consistent. Be objective. Avoid contradictions.
7.Read and reread your work before submitting. Get feedback from classmates if you wish. Use NetTutor if you wish. 8.You will receive a grade and constructive feedback. Rubric for the review of literature
Each review of literature will get a grade from 1 to 5 for each of these criteria:
Student reviewed a wide range of relevant sources Information provided is well-chosen, relevant and accurate.
Thorough analysis and synthesis Student demonstrated insight into the topic Conclusions are well-supported The text is well-structured and coherent General accuracy of language The reference list is complete and correctly compiled
APA formatting conventions Task-fulfilment

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