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Postgraduate course 2023/2024

Academic English Writing

Type: Compulsory course
Area of studies: Postgraduate Studies
When: 1 year, 1 semester
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Svetlana Malyutina
Language: English
ECTS credits: 2
Contact hours: 24

Course Syllabus


The course is intended to provide PhD students with theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills necessary for publishing academic papers in English. The course includes three components: (1) theoretical topics on academic writing (e.g., tips for writing specific sections of the article, useful resources for academic writing, etc.); (2) hands-on practice of English (working on common difficulties in academic grammar and vocabulary); (3) hands-on practice of writing academic texts.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To gain an understanding of academic article structure and content
  • To gain an understanding of the article submission, review and revision processes
  • To improve the level of English and avoid common mistakes in academic vocabulary and grammar
  • To improve the student's own academic text (e.g., section of an article)
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To compare the requirements of different academic writing genres
  • To use resources available for academic writing (reference managers, useful websites, etc.)
  • To organize one's writing activities in a productive way.
  • Is able to properly organize the Introduction section of an academic article
  • Is able to properly organize the Method section of an academic article
  • Is able to properly organize the Results section of an academic article
  • Is able to properly organize the Discussion section of an academic article
  • Is able to select an optimal journal for submitting the manuscript
  • Is able to write a cover letter for article submission.
  • Is able to organize the necessary files and navigate the manuscript submission process.
  • Is able to write an article review as a peer reviewer
  • Is able to respond to comments of peer reviewers
  • Is able to edit one' manuscript and make changes requested by reviewers.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Academic writing genres and resources
  • Academic Writing Productivity
  • Writing journal article sections
  • Submitting the paper to a journal
  • Peer review
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Evaluation of participation
  • non-blocking Academic English Test
    A short test (<15 min) covering grammar and vocabulary of academic English that has been studied and practiced in class
  • non-blocking Evaluation of a paper section
    Evaluation of the student's paper section draft (Introduction/Method/Results/Discussion/abstract) brought to class for discussion.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 1st semester
    0.25 * Academic English Test + 0.5 * Evaluation of a paper section + 0.25 * Evaluation of participation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Belcher, W. L. (DE-588)103278413X, (DE-627)739934139, (DE-576)380287447, aut. (2009). Writing your journal article in 12 weeks a guide to academic publishing success Wendy Laura Belcher.
  • Writing your journal article in 12 weeks : a guide to academic publishing success, Belcher, W. L., 2009
  • Writing your journal article in twelve weeks : a guide to academic publishing success, Belcher, W. L., 2019

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • 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
  • Hartley, J. (2008). Academic Writing and Publishing : A Practical Handbook. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=224109
  • Johnson, A. P. (2016). Academic Writing : Process and Product. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1222793
  • 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
  • Paul J. Silvia. (2019). How to Write a Lot : A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing: Vol. Second edition. APA LifeTools.
  • Porter, D. (2007). Check Your Vocabulary for Academic English : All You Need to Pass Your Exams: Vol. 3rd ed. A&C Black Business Information and Development.
  • Write Here, Right Now : An Interactive Introduction to Academic Writing and Research. (2018). Place of publication not identified: publisher not identified. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsotl&AN=edsotl.OTLid0000681