Disciplinary Writing: Contributions to Portuguese Language Teaching in Undergraduate Courses

Abstract In this paper we aimed at (1) describing a proposal for the teaching of writing in undergraduate courses guided by theoretical and methodological principles that underlie the approach of Writing in the Disciplines and (2) identifying and analyzing undergraduate students' perceptions on the implementation of this type of methodology for teaching writing. For this, we applied a questionnaire to students of Computer Sciences who attended the discipline Reading and Text Production (RTP), offered for different undergraduate courses at a public university in the interior of Paraiba. The statements of these students point to the recognition that it is necessary to teach writing at university; that this teaching should be specific; that one of the factors contributing to the process of appropriation of academic texts is the practice of writing them; and that the students can be a learning agent, by indicating to the teacher of RTP specific texts in their area.