Early development of good academic research and writing skills is critical for success at university and in your professional life.
This course aims to :
- provide you with an understanding of academic writing conventions in English; and - teach you the components and benefits of what is known as process writing.
- to assist you in developing your own "toolbox" of academic writing skills, as well as to provide you with opportunities to test these tools and reflect on your own growth as a writer.
- to promote reflection on discipline-specific conventions; while the course focuses on generic skills, you will be able to apply these generic skills to meet the specific needs of your own discipline.
1. Writing in English at University: An introduction
- Introduction to academic writing
- What is academic writing?
- Interpreting the task
- The writing process and process writing
- Feedback and peer review
2. Structuring your text and conveying your argument
- Structuring an argument
- Research questions and thesis statement
- Structuring a text around the three-part essay
- Structuring information
- Structuring paragraphs
3. Using sources in academic writing
- Reading strategies
- Integrating sources: positioning and stance
- Why references?
- The parts of a reference
4. The writer’s toolbox: Editing and proofreading
- The need to edit and revise one's text
- Global editing and revision
- Editing for register and tone
- Editing for style
- First person pronouns and choosing between active and passive voice
- Standard punctuation
- Spelling and typos
- Using a style sheet