Introducing an English Language Reflective Journal Writing Micro-Module
Karl Holm, Yvonne Loong and Felix Chao
Reflective journal writing is an important genre of academic writing in which students are not only asked to think critically about any given experience, topic, or question, but also to be able to monitor their own development as learners. Here, we introduce an English language micro-module for self-directed learning of reflective journal writing skills aimed specifically at students taking the General Education courses In Dialogue with Nature and In Dialogue with Humanity. This micro-module is complementary to Chinese language versions, and supports regular workshops. In the design of this platform, we have tried to reach multiple aims: for example, while we suggest a linear progress throughout the module, we also provide several points of entry in order to satisfy different learning needs and individual preferences. Furthermore, we provide multiple types of exercises generated from authentic student texts in order for the students to monitor their progress. In terms of content, we found it important not only to explain in detail the process of reflective thinking, but also to exemplify and practice the language features of reflective journal writing. Thus, we include detailed sections on how to analyse writing prompts, generate ideas and arguments, and finally outline and compose the writing. Therefore, we believe that core parts of this micro-module are also useful for learning general academic writing.