Teaching Platforms and Learning Resources
To fully implement the SWPE, a curriculum is designed to consist of threegroups of courses so as to cultivate a solid writing proficiency, including “English Reading and Writing I” (for English Writing I), “English Reading and Writing II” (for English Writing II) and “English Reading and Writing III” (for Academic English Writing), among which the first two are compulsory and the third elective.Each course has its own teaching website and autonomous learning platforms to help students complete tasks and obtain resources. Some other courses are Online Academic Citation Rules, English Grammar, English Lexicology, English Writing MOOC, and Open Writing Courses offered by top British or American universities.Specific information about credit, time, and course type of the curriculum is shown inTable 5.1.
5.2 Online Platforms
5.2.1 Supporting MOOCs
(1) China Renmin University Writing MOOCs According to the requirement of the SWPE, three MOOCs have been developed as the expansion of classroom teaching, namely “Fundamental Writing I,”“Fundamental Writing II” and “Academic English Writing.”
(2) International Writing MOOCs for Reference Used as subsidiary reference courses for SWPE are free writing MOOCs at three
of the most popular international MOOC platforms, including Coursera (https://www.coursera.org), Udacity (https://www.udacity.com) and edX(https://www.edx.org/home ).
5.2.2 Automated Essay Scoring
The SWPE will apply a valid and reliable automated essay scoring systems developed by Chinese and international companies to facilitate rating process.The automated essay scoring systems will also be used for students’ self- or group assessment to improve their awareness and skills of grading essays so that their writing proficiency will be more widely developed.
5.2.3 Official Website
The official website for SWPE is at: http://swpe.ruc.edu.cn (Renmin Universityof China -- Test for Writing Proficiency in English).The official website has the following functions: to publicize SWPE and its interpretations; to publicize TWPE (Test of Writing Proficiency in English) and its interpretations; to publicize TWPE sample tests and model tests; to provide resources
of English writing, vocabulary, grammar, and academic citation rules; to post news and announcements; to offer MOOCs; to create URL links to relevant resources; and to accept registration for the test.
5.2.4 Reference Websites
A website for reference is the Purdue Online Writing Lab-OWL: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/.Purdue Online Writing Lab-OWL may be used as a supplement for the writing courses as it offers users outside Purdue University abundant information, such as
“Starting the Writing Process”, “Prewriting”, “Writer’s Block”, “Developing an Outline”, “Paragraphs and Paragraphing”, “Searching WWW”, “Evaluating Sources of Information”, “Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing, “Avoiding Plagiarism”,
“Creating a Thesis Statement”, “Establishing Arguments”, “Rhetorical Situation”,“Using Appropriate Language”, and “Punctuation”.
5.3 Learning Resources
A list of online English learning websites is suggested for use in after-class autonomous learning. These websites are chosen out of the following considerations.First, their authority and diversity in terms of English learning; second, their relevance and correspondence to the three types of proficiency in the SWPE so that students’ writing proficiency may be effectively improved through the use of these websites in learning; third, similarities and differences of written English in different English-speaking countries; fourth, access to writing materials and resources. The online learning resources include online English learning platforms andonline encyclopedias and libraries. Specific information is shown in Table 5.2 and Table 5.3.