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1.      What kinds of writing assignments can I expect in upper-division FLL classes?

Formal writing assignments in upper-division courses in FLL may include, but are not limited to, the following:

·         Short and long essay examinations

·         Research papers

·         Analyses of literary texts and films

·         Reflection/reaction papers

·         Journals

·         Article commentaries

·         Annotated bibliographies


2.      How will my assignments be graded?

Your professors may weigh certain criteria differently depending on the nature of the assignment. However, in general, assessment of your writing assignments will take the following into account:

·         Specificity and originality of thesis statement.

·         Organization of essay.

·         Support of thesis statement with appropriate evidence.

·         Use of correct grammar and accurate and varied vocabulary.

·         Use of varied sentence structures.

·         Correctness, accuracy, and depth of content.

·        Use of appropriate citation style when necessary.


3.      What citation conventions will I be expected to use in FLL papers?

For assignments requiring consultation and incorporation of secondary sources, you are expected to use MLA citation style, unless otherwise indicated by your professor.

Full description of the MLA style may be found in The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, edited by Joseph Gibaldi. (A copy is available for consultation in the library reference section, call number LB2369 .G532003 .)

An abbreviated explanation of the style is also available online at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/.

In linguistics courses you will generally use the APA style. You may consult the Concise rules of APA style, available in the library reference section, call number BF76.7 .C66 2005 . A description of the style is also available online at http://www.apastyle.org/


4.      Do’s and Don’ts for papers in Foreign Languages and Literatures:


·         Acknowledge secondary sources when necessary: when in doubt, cite!

·         Proofread your papers carefully.

·         Try to express your ideas using the structures that you know in the foreign language, not those that you know in English.



·         Write your paper in English first and then try to translate.

·         Just summarize plot in a literary analysis paper: make sure you are analyzing what the author does and how he/she does it, using evidence from the text to back up your argument.

·         Plagiarize. Failure to acknowledge outside sources will be dealt with severely. Plagiarism includes having others assist in the writing of your composition.

·         Consider your first draft to be your last draft. Make sure to leave yourself time to revise and rework.

·        Use online translators.



Adapted from Marquette University WAC Foreign Languages webpage: http://www.marquette.edu/wac/departmental/MarquetteUniversityWritinginForeignLanguagesandLiteraturesCourses.shtml