Writing in English at University

Acquiring good academic research and writing skills early on is essential for your success both at university and in your professional life.

This course aims:
- to give you an understanding of the conventions of academic writing in English and to teach you the components and benefits of what is called process writing.
- to help you to put together your own “toolbox” of academic writing skills, as well as to give you a chance to test out these tools and to reflect on your own development as a writer.
- to encourage reflection on discipline specific conventions; although the course deals with generic skills, you will be able to apply these generic skills to meet the particular needs of your own discipline.

The course consists of four modules:
1. Writing in English at university: An introduction
2. Structuring your text and conveying your argument
3. Using sources in academic writing
4. The writer’s toolbox: Editing and proofreading

In each module you will find video lectures and reading assignments and assignments, such as quizzes, reflective self-assessment questions, as well as some peer review exercises in which you will have an opportunity to interact with other students taking the course.

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Week 1-1.Introduction

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Introduction to academic writing
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Reading - Expected workload and working methods used within this course
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Reading - Course structure
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Reading - Course material
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06Reading - Teachers
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Reading - Course aims

Week 1-2.What is academic writing

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What is academic writing
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AWELU- What characterises academic writing
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AWELU- The heterogeneity of academic writing
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What is academic writing
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AWELU- What characterises academic writing
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AWELU- The heterogeneity of academic writing

Week 1-3.Interpreting the task

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Interpreting the task
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AWELU- What kind of text
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AWELU- Essay questions
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Interpreting the task
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AWELU- What kind of text
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AWELU- Essay questions

Week 1-4.The writing process

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The writing process and process writing
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AWELU- Pre­writing stage
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AWELU- Writing stage
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AWELU- Rewriting stage
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The writing process and process writing
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AWELU- Pre­writing stage
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AWELU- Writing stage
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AWELU- Rewriting stage

Week 2-1.Structuring an argument

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Structuring an argument
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AWELU- The Academic Argument
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Structuring an argument
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AWELU- The Academic Argument

Week 2-2.Research questions and thesis statements

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Research questions and thesis statement
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Thesis statement
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Further readings
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Research questions and thesis statement
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Thesis statement
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Further readings

Week 2-3.Structuring a text around a three-part essay

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Structuring a text around the three-part essay
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Structuring a text around the three-part essay
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Structuring a text around the three-part essay
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Structuring a text around the three-part essay

Week 2-4.Structuring information

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Structuring information
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Structuring information in academic texts
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Reflection exercise- Finding different patterns in a text
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Structuring information
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Structuring information in academic texts
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Reflection exercise- Finding different patterns in a text

Week 2-5.Structuring paragraphs

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Structuring paragraphs
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Structuring paragraphs

Week 2-6.IMRaD Structure

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IMRaD
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Reflection exercise- IMRaD structure on essays and research papers
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AWELU- Three versions of the RA
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AWELU- Three versions of the RA
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IMRaD
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Reflection exercise- IMRaD structure on essays and research papers
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AWELU- Three versions of the RA
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AWELU- Three versions of the RA

Week 2-7.CARS Creating a research space

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CARS- Creating a research space
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CARS- Creating a research space

Week 2-8.Abstracts

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Abstracts
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Abstracts

Week 3-1.Reading strategies

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Reading in the information age
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Further readings
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Reading strategies
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Reflective task- Reading for writing
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Other resources on reading

Week 3-2.Integrating sources positioning and stance

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Secondary sources
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Integrating sources- positioning and stance
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Incorporate secondary sources
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Reflective task

Week 3-3.Referencing and academic integrity

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Why references
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The parts of a reference
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Reference management software

Week 4-1.The need to revise and edit one’s text

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Introduction
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The need to edit and revise one's text
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Global editing and revision
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Common problems in argumentation and reasoning
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Reflection exercise on global revision and editing
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Knowing when to stop

Week 4-2.Revising and editing for language

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Introduction
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Editing for register and tone
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Editing for style
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Further readings

Week 4-3.Some tips and tricks on common errors

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Introduction
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First person pronouns and choosing between active and passive voice
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Reflective task
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Standard punctuation
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Online resources
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Spelling and typos
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Using a style sheet

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