Academic Writing in English (C1)
- The aim of the course « Academic writing in English » is to introduce students to the basic forms and techniques of academic writing which would be necessary for their future written communication within international programmes of studies and onwards. The course also aims to help students improve their public speaking and presentation skills which will enable them to present their research to the scientific community effectively.
- - understanding of the significance of writing as a way of developing and sharing knowledge in an academic environment - knowledge of the characteristic features of academic writing style - ability to use vocabulary and structures appropriate to academic language
- - knowledge of the paragraph and essay structure - ability to use linking words appropriately - ability to produce a logical and coherent paragraph/essay
- - ability to identify and formulate aims and objectives of a research paper - knowledge of and ability to follow the structure of the Introduction to a research paper - ability to use appropriate language
- - knowledge of the principles of writing the literature review section - knowledge of and ability to use different techniques to avoid plagiarism - ability to paraphrase and summarise material - ability to refer to sources and introduce quotations correctly
- - knowledge of the essay structure - ability to use linking words appropriately - ability to produce a logical and coherent essay
- - knowledge of the goals and structure of the Methods/Results section - ability to produce a logical and coherent Methods/Results section - ability to use appropriate language
- Topic 1. Features of academic writing.What is academic writing? Types of academic texts. Formal vs. informal texts Text structure. Features of academic language (formality, complexity, precision, objectivity, caution, accuracy, explicitness, responsibility). Hedging.
- Topic 2. Writing a paragraphParagraph structure. Transition signals.
- Topic 3. Describing a research paperIdentifying aims and objectives of a research paper. Describing professional significance of a research paper. Defining the scope of research. Organising your writing. Useful language.
- Topic 4. Using sources in a research paperThe role of sources in a research paper. Principles of writing the literature review section. Factors to consider when choosing a source. Plagiarism. Paraphrasing techniques. Summarising. Combining sources. Direct quotations. Useful language.
- Topic 5. Writing an essay.Types of essay. Essay structure. Linking words.
- Topic 6. Writing the Methods section of a research paper and reporting research findingsGoals. Outline. Reporting vs. interpreting research findings. Dealing with expected/surprising/conflicting etc. findings. Referring to figures. Typical mistakes in the interpretation of the data. Useful language.
- Interim assessment (1 module)0.2 * Literature review + 0.2 * Paragraph + 0.1 * Paraphrase/Summary + 0.3 * Presentation + 0.2 * Test
- Wallwork, A. (2016). English for Academic Research: Grammar, Usage and Style. New York: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=528290
- Wallwork, A. (2016). English for Writing Research Papers (Vol. Second edition). Cham: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1175370
- Wallwork, A. (2016). English for Presentations at International Conferences (Vol. Second edition). Cham: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1175382