Course title
Academic Writing

KONISHI Hisaka Click to show questionnaire result at 2019
Course description
This class aims to develop students' basic skills of English academic writing and enable them express their feelings and thoughts in English in various situations accurately and appropriately. Students have opportunity to read a variety of short passages to understand English paragraph organization. Then, they are asked to practice writing paragraphs in simple but appropriate English, attempting to make readers understand their opinions and thoughts as much as possible. At the same time, students can learn English vocabulary and grammar essential to the undergraduate level and understand the organization of academic English writing.
Purpose of class
The purpose of this class is to improve students' basic academic writing skills in English so that they become able to express their opinions clearly in accurate English.
Goals and objectives
  1. Students can understand the basic English paragraph organization and write a short English paragraph by themselves.
  2. Students can understand English vocabulary and grammar and write English passages using them.
  3. Students can write English paragraphs that are understandable for readers and can clearly express their opinions and thoughts in them.
Japanese(English accepted)
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Course Introduction,
Self-Introduction Activity
Unit1 Paragraphs
Read the syllabus 40minutes
2. Unit1 Paragraphs Follow instructions 190minutes
3. Unit 2: Developing Ideas for Writing Follow instructions 190minutes
4. Unit3: Topic Sentences Follow instructions 190minutes
5. Unit 4: Supporting and Concluding Sentences Follow instructions 190minutes
6. Unit 5: Paragraph Review Follow instructions 190minutes
7. Unit 6: Definition Paragraphs Follow instructions 190minutes
8. Unit 6: Definition Paragraphs
Unit 7: Process Paragraphs
Follow instructions 190minutes
9. Unit 7: Process Paragraphs
Unit 8: Opinion Paragraphs
Follow instructions 190minutes
10. Unit 8: Opinion Paragraphs Follow instructions 190minutes
11. Unit 9: Narrative Paragraphs Follow instructions 190minutes
12. Unit 9: Narrative Paragraphs Follow instructions 220minutes
13. Unit 10: From Paragraphs to Essays Follow instructions 220minutes
14. Unit 10: From Paragraphs to Essays Follow instructions 190minutes
Total. - - 2570minutes
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Paragraphs & essay HW Final exam Total.
1. 15% 10% 10% 35%
2. 15% 10% 10% 35%
3. 10% 10% 10% 30%
Total. 40% 30% 30% -
Evaluation method and criteria
1) Paragraphs and final essay writing (40%)
2) Homework (20%)
3) Final exam (20%)
Textbooks and reference materials
Keith S Folse et., Great Writing 2: Great Paragraphs with Online Workbook (5th edition), National Geographic Learning
The criteria of the necessary score will be announced as soon as determined.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • To be announced in the first class.
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
Active-learning course
Most classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
N/A Not applicable
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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