M631002Academic English Writing

Numbering Code G-LET49 8M631 PE36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 1 Course Type
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Thu.1
Instructor name Tao PAN (Graduate School of Letters Program-Specific Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course Academic English writing skill belongs to the most demanded skills for the undergraduate and graduate students in all majors nowadays. Academic English writing is communicative as well as objective, which means that it is fact-based and free from personal pre-conceptions or opinions. In order to help the students prepare themselves for the writing samples and proposals for graduate or doctoral programmes, this course will introduce the guidelines for and specific procedures of academic English writing.
Course Goals This course aims at improving the students’ academic English writing skill and facilitate their preparation of the writing samples and proposals later.
Schedule and Contents This course is scheduled for 15 weeks and consists of four parts: Part I Basics of academic writing (Week 1-5); Part II Structure of the essay (Week 6-8); Part III Reading and secondary literature (Week 9-12); Part IV Tips and skills for better writing (Week 13-15). Every part is accompanied by the corresponding reading and writing exercises. Focuses include:
Research question and thesis statement
Structuring argument
Structuring information
Structuring paragraphs
Reading strategy
Integrating sources (summary, review and critique)
Language styles (first person, active or passive)
Reference and format
Edit and revise (spelling and typos)
Evaluation Methods and Policy Assessment will be based on class performance (50%) and final assignment (50%).
Course Requirements Basic knowledge of English (e.g. completion of College English) is required.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Preparation of reading materials to be discussed and analysed in class. Occasional writing assignments are expected.