The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film was one of the pioneers in considering what the North Americans call 'writing-intensive' courses at Queen Mary. The idea of the writing-intensive course had particular currency in the early years of Thinking Writing at Queen Mary when it was still the Writing in the Disciplines (WiD) project and had strong links with Cornell University's WiD program. A writing-intensive course stands out from others in a programme by virtue of the extra opportunities or requirements it has for writing tasks, often involving redrafting and peer review; it may have a cap on the number of students enrolled and may stipulate such things as the minimum number of words to be turned in per semester. Read an example of writing-intensive course requirements at an American university (University of Minnesota) and part of a document advocating the W-I approach by Josep-Anton Fernandez, a member of SLLF at the time.
The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film didn't develop W-I modules as a formal programme requirement but a number of its teachers did experiment productively with a range of new techniques in their teaching and the School continues to offer a number of interesting modules which use writing attentively and imaginatively for learning and the expression and publication of ideas. Examples are:
- Catalan Culture, initially developed by Josep-Anton Fernandez.
- Imagining Modernity,developed by Kirsteen Anderson and the subject of an article in Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.
- Mapping Contemporary Cinema, developed by Guy Westwell as part of our research-based learning and writing project
- Constellations, currently being pilotted by Kiera Vaclavik and involving students in creating anthologies to be published online.