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Bartashius Jason 
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Course description and aims

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 16 equips students with the necessary tools and analytical knowledge to write solid, well-informed journal articles.

Student learning outcomes

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

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Writing skills are developed to allow confident writers to create texts that parallel the style and structure found in journals.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course Introduction. Lecture: Learning to Write By Reading. Selecting a Suitable Journal Identify course aims.
Class 2 Lecture: Writing an Abstract and Introduction Identify the components of an abstract and introduction that appeals to the target audience.
Class 3 Draft of Abstract and Introduction for your final paper Submit an abstract and introduction. In-class peer review.
Class 4 Lecture: Writing the Methodolody and Findings of a Research Paper Identify the components of the body sections of an academic paper.
Class 5 Draft of Body Sections for your final paper Submit the methodology and findings. In-class peer review
Class 6 Lecture: Writing a Conclusion Identify the central components of a strong conclusion.
Class 7 Compulsory Final Paper Due Formulate final paper composed of revised homework assignments.


There is no required textbook in this class.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts will be distributed in class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Class Participation and Attendance: 30% Homework (2 assignments x 25%): 50% In-class Assignments: 20%

Compulsory Final Paper which 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.

Related courses

  • LAE.E463 : Academic Writing in English 15

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It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with LAE.E463 (Academic Writing in English 15).
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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