Critical Reading and Writing Skills
- to introduce students to the basic principles of Critical Reading and Academic Writing and to raise their linguistic awareness, comparing conventions in Russian and English writing
- to prepare students for further academic activities in English as part of their HSE bachelor’s programme (i.e., disciplines in English, Academic English course in their final year of bachelor’s studies, MOOCs etc.) and in a wider English-speaking academic environment
- to develop and practise students’ skills in the areas of academic essay writing, essay organization, citations, and research
- know the basic principles of English Academic Writing and the most important differences in-between Russian and English writing conventions
- be able to engage in further academic activities in English
- develop research and essay writing skills
- Course introduction.Why should one study Academic Writing? Recognizing one’s audience. Free writing assignment.
- Critical reading as a precursor to critical writing.Note-taking, annotating, finding key points, understanding the context, identifying logical structures in argument within every paragraph and within the whole text. Organizing one’s glossary of terms.
- What is a paragraph?Paragraph structure. Supporting one’s statements: evidence, what it is, why it is important, and how to provide it. Unity and coherence. Repetition of key nouns, key noun substitutes, consistent pronouns, logical order. Journal writing.
- Style and register.Expressive means: morphological, lexical, syntactical. Academic discourse. Caution.
- What is a critical review?Its functions, typical structure, and possible focus questions. Evaluating points of view.
- Academic writing skills: sentence-level grammar.Types of sentences: simple, compound, and complex. Connecting words and transition signals. Punctuation.
- Single-blind peer reviewing (students’ critical reviews).Single-blind peer reviewing (students’ critical reviews).
- Using parallel structures and fixing sentence problems.Typical problems: sentence fragments, choppy and stringy sentences, run-on sentences and comma splices.
- Logic and relevance. Common knowledge and plagiarism.Generic writing skills: paraphrasing and summarizing. Integrating quotations. Reporting verbs and phrases. Using (online) sources.
- Explication.Reading in slow motion. Explication as argument.
- Referencing systems. Documenting sources in MLA style.MLA in-text citations. MLA list of works cited. MLA manuscript format.
- Single-blind peer reviewing (students’ explications).Single-blind peer reviewing (students’ explications).
- What is an analysis essay?Essay structure. Developing an argument and drafting a working thesis statement. Writing a formal essay outline. From thesis to introduction. The purpose of introduction and how to achieve it. Types of introduction. Drafting the main body of the essay. Writing an effective conclusion.
- Single-blind peer reviewing (students’ literary analysis essays).Single-blind peer reviewing (students’ literary analysis essays).
- Editing the essay: revision and proofreading.From process to product: finalizing and polishing the essay.
- Ungraded written assignments (free writing, exercises, peer reviews etc.)
- Critical Review
- Written Examination
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.15 * Critical Review + 0.2 * Explication + 0.1 * Quizzes + 0.29 * Ungraded written assignments (free writing, exercises, peer reviews etc.) + 0.26 * Written Examination
- Bailey, S. (2017). Academic Writing : A Handbook for International Students (Vol. Fifth edition). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1650435
- Murray, N. (2012). Writing Essays in English Language and Linguistics : Principles, Tips and Strategies for Undergraduates. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=438550
- MacDonald, S. (2010). Professional Academic Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Vol. Paperback ed). Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=367965
- Murray, R., & Moore, S. (2006). The Handbook of Academic Writing : A Fresh Approach. Maidenhead, England: McGraw-Hill Education. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=234234