About English Academic Writing at University Course
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 academic writing conventions in English and teach you the components and benefits of process writing.
- Help you put together your own “toolbox” of academic writing skills and a chance to try out these tools and reflect on your own development as a writer.
- Encourage reflection on discipline-specific convention; although the course deals with generic skills, you will be able to apply these generic skills to meet your own discipline’s particular needs.
- Writing in English at university: An introduction.
- Structuring your text and conveying your argument
- Using sources in academic writing
- 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, and some peer review exercises in which you will have an opportunity to interact with other students taking the course.
The course is free of charge. Learners have access to a free electronic textbook written to complement the MOOC: Writing in English at University: A Guide for Second Language Writers. Moreover, you can get reviews on this course over here.
Syllabus of English Academic Writing at University
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Academic Writing: English at University (7 hours)
Welcome to the MOOC course Writing in English at University! This course is a resource for university students who are currently involved in writing assignments or degree projects and for students who wish to learn about academic writing to prepare for future writing.
Although the course will provide guidance and useful tips and tricks to all student writers, it is specifically useful to those writing in second language contexts and whose native language is not English.
- Introduction to academic writing
- What is academic writing?
- Interpreting the task
- The writing process and process writing
- Feedback and peer review
Structuring your text and conveying your argument (6 hours)
In module 1 of the English course writing, we looked at some of the aspects that you will need to consider before embarking on an academic writing project.
For module 2, we will build on this knowledge when exploring issues of building and shaping an academic text. This week’s module will learn about the argument, types of the essay structure, and structure information within paragraphs and sections.
Structuring a text so that it is coherent and makes sense to your target audience requires a great deal of thought, and we will guide you through the decisions you will have to make in composing a text. The information in this module could be of interest to anyone looking to improve their academic writing competencies. Also, you will find the material here especially helpful if you have a particular writing project of your own in mind to which you can apply the ideas given in this course.
- Structuring an argument
- Research questions and thesis statement
- How to structure a text around the three-part essay
- Information Structuring
- Structuring paragraphs
Using sources in academic writing (4 hours)
Academic writing does not happen in a vacuum but rather builds on scholarly work that has come before. When you compose a piece of academic writing, it is necessary to show that you have done your homework and read up on the subject. Sometimes you will be given specific texts to read, and sometimes you will need to go and find these sources for yourself.
The kinds of sources that you will be expected to use could vary depending on the discipline you are writing and your study level. Though a Master’s level student is expected to have acquired a more sophisticated approach to use secondary sources than, say, a student on an introductory undergraduate course, the basic set of skills required is the same.
Using secondary sources in your writing relies on developing this particular set of skills. In this module, developed in collaboration with the librarians, we will talk about acquiring these skills. The competencies that we discuss here require practice, and you shouldn’t expect to acquire them overnight. However, the tasks that we have set are designed to set you on the right path.
- Reading strategies
- Integrating sources: positioning and stance
- Why references?
- The parts of a reference
Modules on Sources in Academic Writing:
- The first lesson teaches you all about reading strategies.
- For the second lesson, called “Integrating sources: positioning and stance,” we will explore how to situate your own arguments and ideas about secondary sources.
- In the third lesson, called “Referencing and academic integrity,” we will explore referencing, academic integrity, and plagiarism issues.
The Writer’s Toolbox: Editing and Proofreading in Academic Writing (6 hours)
Welcome to module 4 of the writing in English course. In this module, we will focus on editing and proofreading a text. In our earlier discussion of the writing process in module 1, we have seen that many experienced writers consider revising and editing as important parts of the actual writing process. They intend to revise and edit virtually everything they write.
Instead of only correcting mistakes in a piece of text, revising and editing are ways for writers to evaluate their ideas, generate and test new ideas during the writing process, and polish and tighten the overall argumentation and presentation.
Revising and editing
Although revising and editing are parts of the creative process, we recommend that you save them until you have a piece of text – a section, subsection or paragraph – that you view as complete, in that the ideas you discuss and the organization into an introduction-part and a body-part (for sections) or a topic sentence followed by development (for paragraphs) are relatively stable.
That way, you do not end up wasting your time correcting mistakes in a piece of text that does not seem to fit in or serve a purpose and is therefore likely to be deleted later. Before you start revising and editing a passage, you should also have clarified how important the passage question will be for the essay as a whole.
If the passage contains ideas directly relevant to your research question and thesis, you should allow yourself enough time to revise and edit and possibly rewrite the text several times. A passage containing extra information that is not directly linked to your thesis will need less time and attention. In some cases, you may get away with only proofreading such passages quickly.
Modules on Revising, editing, and proofreading your text
- The first lesson, “The need to revise and edit one’s text,” introduces you to issues that require both large-scale and small-scale revision and editing.
- Following, the lesson “Revising and editing for language” focuses on issues that affect your writing style and tone.
- The third lesson, called “Some tips and tricks on common errors,” gives you practical advice on issues that are often problematic for writers.
- 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
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- Lund University
- Online Course
- 1-4 Weeks
- Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
- Arguments Editing and proofreading Personal development Writing