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Course Design Using Fanfiction
« on: May 04, 2020, 11:25:23 PM »

So I found this interesting symposium presentation online that I thought provided a detailed outline of how an IEP course syllabus (or EFL/ESL) could be designed around using fan-fiction and creative writing as the basis for written assignments:

https://elc.msu.edu/files/5914/9160/4350/MSU_NG_Learning_Symposium_2017_Hatfield_1.pdf


This is useful material for instructors looking for creative ways to get students writing, especially when English is not their first language. This provides a brief overview of fan-fiction, while also introducing two popular sites used by fan-fiction readers and writers: Fanfiction.net (FFN) and Archive Of Our Own (AO3). The presentation also discusses the use of scaffolding by instructors and different skills that learners develop in regard to their writing.


An overview of the course design that was used is provided that discusses the books read; the general setup of the course; fan-fiction assignments for each book; the results, benefits, and challenges of implementing this kind of curriculum in the English L2 classroom; and finally, how this could be applied to other media as well, and not just novels.


Although this doesn't actually provide any materials, it does offer a very similar structure to what we designed in our L2 Reading and Writing course this semester, as various groups incorporated fan-fiction writing into their units covering The Hobbit.


If anyone else is interested in designing a similar course in the future, this would be a good place to start!