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Academic Writing

2021/2022
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
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Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course is designed to introduce students to academic writing, its genres, features and conventions. Starting from basic stylistic features of academic writing in English, students work their way through the writing process towards complex academic texts. The course introduces students to academic vocabulary, cliches and grammar structures, strategies of attaining objectivity, approaches of structuring academic texts, and ways of correct referencing. Moreover, students practice necessary academic writing skills: summarizing, paraphrasing, emphasizing, arguing, exemplifying, etc. and learn how to use the Internet and its resources in the process of writing. Upon completing the course students improve their academic writing style and become more confident writers who are able to produce texts in common academic genres such as essays, answers to examination questions and annotated bibliographies.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of the course is to make students confident academic writers, who can produce written texts that meet the requirements of an academic style and its conventions.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Know the key features of academic writing
  • Know how to ensure objectivity and clarity of their texts
  • Enrich academic vocabulary and be able to use the Internet in writing (online dictionaries, thesauruses, corpuses, online writing assistants, etc.)
  • Be able to write in a clear and emphatic way using a variety of grammar structures
  • Be able to produce properly structured academic texts and build strong argumentation
  • learn about citation styles and types of citations; how to cite original sources (in-text references and a list of references) according to the Harvard Style and improve writing skills: summarizing, paraphrasing etc.
  • Know the recommendations of London University relative to written exams and be able to write academic emails, essays, annotated bibliographies
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to an academic style
    The difference between writing and speaking. Academic vs. non-academic English. The genres of academic writing. The key characteristics of academic writing.
  • Objectivity in academic writing
    The strategies of making writing more objective: hedging, introductory phrases, passive voice, the use of personal pronouns, etc. How to achieve balance, impartiality and avoid emotiveness in writing. Facts vs. opinions.
  • Formality in academic writing
    The levels of formality. Formality of language: Academic word list, Latin words and expressions, terms, collocations and popular phrases. Grammar structures commonly used in academic texts. Punctuation. Online dictionaries, thesauruses, corpuses.
  • Improving academic writing style
    How to avoid wordiness and redundancy, repetition of words, overgeneralization, vagueness. How to use clichés and euphemisms. How to make writing more emphatic. How to ensure sentence variety. Sentence fragments, run-ons, comma splices, choppy and stringy sentences. Text readability online resources.
  • Formal structure and text organisation
    Common structures used in academic texts. Paragraph structure. Cohesion and coherence. Elements of a strong argument. Online writing assistants.
  • Referencing
    Plagiarism. Paraphrasing, summarising, quoting to avoid plagiarism. Appropriate sources. Acknowledging opposing opinions. Reference styles. In-text references and a list of reference. Online reference generators
  • Genres of academic writing
    Academic emails, essays, written exams, annotated bibliographies. Types of academic essays and their features. How to use the Internet for research. How to read and take notes effectively. Critical thinking skills. Proofreading strategies that can improve a final draft.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Self-study
    Self-study includes 2 online tests that are done after studying supplementary materials at home. These materials follow the logic of the course and include reading and/or watching topic-specific videos. Tests check knowledge and understanding of supplementary materials and include from 10-20 questions (multiple-choice, short answers, gap-filling, etc.). Self-study tests can be retaken if a student missed them for a valid reason that is officially documented (e.g. doctor’s confirmation). The grade for self-study is calculated as an average of 2 tests.
  • non-blocking End-of-module tests
    Tests aim to check overall understanding of the content + writing skills development; tasks: gap filling, matching, cloze-texts, answering questions; time: 1 h 20 min.; the number of assignments: 5-10; period: the end of each module (the total number of tests - 4)
  • non-blocking Written assessment
    Written assessment includes 3 tests and 1 annotated bibliography that are held in class. Each test checks understanding of the course material. Tests may include two parts: theoretical (short answers) and practical (gap-filling, multiple choice, cloze-text, etc.). An annotated bibliography is written for two articles given to students in advance for reading and critical reviewing. The written elements can be retaken if a student missed them for a valid reason that is officially documented (e.g. doctor’s confirmation). The grade for written assessment is calculated as an average of 4 tasks (3 tests+1 annotated bibliography). Maximum points per each test and annotated bibliography – 10.
  • non-blocking Exam
    The exam is held in a written format and includes essay writing. Topics for an essay represent the non-specific issues connected with Digital Innovation in Management. Students will be given three topics to choose from. The exam is held during the session week and takes 1h20min.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.3 * Exam + 0.3 * Self-study + 0.4 * Written assessment
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Contemporary academic writing. A comprehensive course for students in higher education : Course book, Sowton, C., 2016

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Academic writing : a handbook for international students, Bailey, S., 2008