Canceled on 2020.
Course title
Academic English Writing for University Coursework

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Course description
In this course, students will practice the basics of academic writing needed in many types of university courses and research. The course will approach writing as a process of communication and how best to lead the reader from familiar information to new information. Focus will include logical organization, how to introduce your thesis, make each point and support it with evidence, and summarize in an effective conclusion.
Students will first practice writing paragraphs of observation and description, then narration, instructions and processes in chronological order, and various other types of order including spatial, comparison, cause and effect, and other logical methods of analysis. Students will be introduced to writings of different genres such as analysis in the Social Sciences, the Humanities, the Natural Sciences, and other fields.
As well as learning the best ways to organize written communication at the report level and paragraph level, students will also learn how to write effectively at the sentence level in terms of structure, grammar, and correctness. Students will study the sequence of tenses used in research writing and practice using active and passive voice appropriately. They will also begin to study the proper structure and style for writing up research through analysis of scientific papers and reporting their own research.
Peer review among students will be used to reveal the organizational and grammatical correctness of students’ writings.
This course is not an "English as a Second Language" course. It is comparable to Academic Writing courses taught to freshmen in US universities. As IGP students come from a variety of countries, the course will be taught with an awareness of non-native speakers' needs for writing in international situations.
Purpose of class
The course is designed to prepare students for their university coursework (especially for Science, Engineering, and Social Science) by learning the principles of good writing and practicing a variety of types of assignments. Students will learn to understand what the reader expects, to organize their main ideas and supporting points logically, and to write in a clear and effective style in English. By putting the principles of effective communication and clear writing into practice, students should also retain essential thinking strategies and writing skills for other types of writing they will need to do in their future careers.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. Students will gain skills needed to write coherent paragraphs and reports for a variety of types of university writing assignments
2. Students will study and practice strategies for brainstorming and organizing your ideas in a way that suit your audience and purpose, and structure your writing from familiar information to new information
3. Students will be able to assess and use reliable evidence to logically support your points
4. Students will understand and use a range of sentence structures, verb forms (active/ passive) and tenses appropriate to the type of writing and time frame within the report
5. Students will be able to apply the criteria learned in the course to editing and proofreading for logical cohesion and grammatical correctness
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Intro. to Course
Intro. to Communication Models for Writing
Meeting the Reader’s Questions
Leading the Reader from Familiar to New Information
Review 20分
2. Defining your Audience & Purpose
Making your Introduction: What is this about? Who are you? Why is this important?
Reading & written homework 45分
Writing assignment 1 45分
3. Organizing Strategies:
Creating Structure & Key Points
Forecast (Where are we going?)
From Familiar to New Info.

Practical Summarizing
Reading & written homework 60分
Writing assignment 2 120分
4. Types of writing for academic classes:
Social Science

Observation & Description
Reading & written homework 180分
Writing assignment 3 60分
5. Chronological Order
Narrating: Storytelling, Instructing, & Process Description

Sentence level: complete sentences, subject-verb agreement
Reading & written homework 90分
Writing assignment 4 90分
6. Defining a Problem or Issue
Ordering of Description as Evidence Comparing / Contrasting
Reading & written homework 120分
Review 20分
7. Supporting Points:
Explaining reasons
Giving examples
Cause & Effect
Assessing valid evidence
Reading & written homework 180分
Review 20分
8. Creating Coherence
Making transitions
Reading & written homework 60分
Writing assignment 6 180分
9. Research Reports 1
Defining the field,
Previous research (literature review)
Creating your niche
Verb forms correlated to time-frames
Reading & written homework 90分
Writing assignment 7 120分
10. Research Reports 2
Explaining your methodology & process
Active & passive voice
Reading & written homework 90分
Report writing: Rough draft 120分
11. Research Reports 3
Discussing your results
Describing significance
Reading & written homework 90分
Report writing: Rough draft 120分
12. Research Reports 4 Drawing conclusions
Modals & conditionals
Reading & written homework 90分
Report writing: Rough draft 240分
13. Other Editing Skills Final Writing Project 220分
14. Peer Review of Final Project Final Writing Project 180分
Total. - - 2650分
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Practice Exercises Writing Assignments & drafts Reports Participation Total.
1. 0% 10% 10% 0% 20%
2. 5% 5% 10% 5% 25%
3. 5% 5% 10% 20%
4. 5% 5% 10% 20%
5. 5% 5% 5% 15%
Total. 20% 30% 40% 10% -
Evaluation method and criteria
Students' progress in the course will be evaluated based on:
1) Weekly homework written exercises (20% of the final grade)
(for sentence and paragraph practice, including logical order and use of supporting evidence, making choices in assessing evidence, grammar exercises);
2) Seven Writing Assignments plus Rough drafts and revision editing for the final report (30% of the final grade)
3) Final Report (40% of the final grade)
4) In-class Participation in discussion, exercises, and peer review (10% of the final grade).
Textbooks and reference materials
Textbooks: To be announced.
Excerpts from:
Wallwork A. (2016) English for Writing Research Papers. 2nd ed. Springer;
Hoffman AH. (2019) Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, & Presentations. 4th ed. Oxford U Press.
Swales JM, Feak CB. (2012) Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks & Skills, 3rd ed. Univ. of Michigan Press; Rabinowitz H, Vogel S. (2009). The Manual for Scientific Style: A Guide for Authors, Editors, & Researchers. Elsevier / Academic Press; Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors & Publishers (2009) Council of Science Editors, U. of Chicago Press; Bailey S. (2017) Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. 5th ed. Routledge;
Oshima A, Hogue A. (2006) Writing Academic English, 4th edition. Pearson Longman;
Weissberg R, Buker, S. (1990) Writing Up Research: Experimental Research Report Writing for Students of English. Prentice Hall.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Office Hours: Thursday 15:00-17:00 & by appointment
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic interpersonal skills
Active-learning course
Most classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicatable
Applicatable Professor has worked as a professional editor for business and academic research
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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