n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - The enhancement of student performance at Fort Hare University through the Language and Writing Advancement Program

Volume 42, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9570



This paper seeks to identify and measure the development of the students' proficiency in academic writing. It shows how one can eat and finish the whole elephant in the writing context by taking few pieces at a time in terms of drafts under the auspices of highly trained language and writing consultants. A group of students who had been submitting their work to the language and writing consultants was monitored and their writing challenges recorded over time. An analysis of their growth was made to evaluate the impact of the program on the beneficiaries. Some of the hallmarks of this program that were seen to be getting the students to meaningfully engage with academic discourse are the nature of feedback given to students, consultation processes and the inculcation of the culture of active learning. Language and Writing Advancement Program (LWAP) is one of the programs offered at Fort Hare's Teaching and Learning Centre. It forms part of the peer assisted student services (PASS) programs. PASS offers an integrated approach to learning as it covers a number of learning advancement programs namely supplemental instruction (SI), LWAP, writing centre, basic tutor training program, credit-bearing certificate in the facilitation of learning, academic orientation, placement and access testing and academic consultations.

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