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 13 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|
This course will be a an overview of essay writing, starting from basic paragraph writing and finishing with an analysis of the major essay types. If time allows and students’ English levels are sufficient, scientific journal analysis will also be explored.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Diagnostic Test- “Getting to know each other” handout conversation (pair work). Paragraph writing to assess students’ levels.||Identifying course objectives. Assessing level of students.|
|Class 2||P. 4 to p..12- Finding a subject, purpose, audience||Identifying, subject, purpose, audience. Building a model paragraph.|
|Class 3||P. 25 to p. 30-The topic sentence.||Topic Sentence construction. Building a model paragraph|
|Class 4||P. 30 to p.35-Supporting, concluding sentence analysis.||Supporting sentences construction/illustration. Building a model paragraph|
|Class 5||P. 40 to p. 43-Organizing ideas.||Demonstrate knowledge of paragraph writing. In-class paragraph writing. Critique peer’s writing.|
|Class 6||Handout (conversation questions chosen topic). Have students discuss the questions. In the second half of the class, have the students write a paragraph related to that theme. This will be the Exam.||Discussion and full paragraph construction. ‘Exam” to be collected .|
|Class 7||Team paragraph writing||Critique peer’s writing.|
Ready to Write 3: From Paragraph to Essay (Third Edition)
Additional reading materials may be assigned throughout the quarter
Class Participation: 30%
In-class writing: 30%
Final Exam: 40%
It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E462 (Academic Writing in English 14).
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.