All of the "Academic Writing in English" courses are designed to provide graduate students with strategies to improve their academic writings and write well-framed research articles. Objectives include learning from various journal articles, using appropriate vocabulary and expressions. The course will examine models presented in the textbook and scientific articles to help guide the writing process. Students will receive individual feedback from the instructor. In addition, students will participate in peer-critique to develop skills to become critical readers and to give constructive criticism to their colleagues.
As a graduate level course, Academic Writing in English 15 equips students with the necessary tools and analytical knowledge to write solid, well-informed journal articles.
By the end of the course, students will be able to produce a short journal article on their research.
Reading, writing skills, written expression, interactive, critical thinking skills
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Attendance is taken at each class. For each unit in the textbook, students are required to read the materials in advance, preparing for class discussions. After each unit, students will submit their assignment, which will undergo peer-critique and receive feedback from the instructor. (Note: Assignments turned in late are penalized. Syllabus is subject to change based on the levels, needs, and actual number of students.)
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introduction Writing exercise on your research Unit 1: How to Write an Introduction, pp. v-ix, 1-11||Identify course aims. Explain and apply grammar and writing skills for the Introduction (e.g., tense pairs, signalling language, passive/active).|
|Class 2||Unit 1: How to Write an Introduction, pp. 11-24 Bring three research papers in your field for analysis||Analyze structure and build a model for the Introduction.|
|Class 3||Unit 1: How to Write an Introduction, pp. 25-43||Evaluate and test models for the Introduction.|
|Class 4||Draft of the Introduction for your final paper due Peer-critique of "Introduction" Unit 2: Writing about Methodology, pp. 44-61||Demonstrate knowledge of writing the Introduction. Critique peer's writing. Explain and apply grammar and writing skills for the Methodology (e.g., passives and tense pairs, use of "a" and "the," adverbs).|
|Class 5||Unit 2: Writing about Methodology, pp. 61-75||Analyze structure and build a model for the Methodology.|
|Class 6||Unit 2: Writing about Methodology, pp. 75-90||Evaluate and test models for the Methodology.|
|Class 7||Draft of the Methodology for your final paper due Peer-critique of "Methodology" How to write a CV||Demonstrate knowledge of writing the Methodology. Critique peer's writing. Identify sections and audience of CV.|
|Class 8||Compulsory Final Paper due How to write a cover letter||Formulate Final paper composed of revised homework assignments. Discuss format and audience of cover letters. Identify course aims.|
Glasman-Deal, Hilary. 2010. Science Research Writing: For Non-Native Speakers of English. London: Imperial College Press. (ISBN-13: 978-1-84816-31-2)
Additional reading materials may be assigned throughout the term.
Class Participation and Attendance, 30%
Homework (2 assignments x 25%), 50%
In-class Assignments, 20%
Compulsory Final Paper (Your final paper is a compilation of your revised homework assignments, reflecting corrections and changes suggested by the instructor. If you do not submit this paper, you will fail the class.)
It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E464.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.