Course title
Academic English Writing for University Coursework

Course description
This course is conducted completely in English.
This course introduces formal structures and styles of academic writing to prepare the students for the Usage of Research Tools and Research Writing course with the ultimate aim of making them more confident in their writing abilities. In this course, students will learn about the structure of paragraphs and essay writing, and understand how to formulate them under different contexts such as narrative, process, compare & contrast, cause & effect and argumentative genres.

Exercises will include a variety of writing forms and formats applicable to both academic and general situations. Students will be expected to write extensively, keeping their focus on the ultimate goal of mastering basic academic writing skills. It is also worth bearing in mind that this course is designed for those whose English language proficiency is bettween CEFR B2 and C1 levels.
Purpose of class
This course is designed to prepare students for academic writing that includes writing concise paragraphs and essays of different genres such as descriptions, procedures, compare and contrast, and cause and effect. Students will learn to organize their main ideas and supporting points logically so as to achieve a clear, succinct, and effective style that can guide the reader seamlessly.

By putting the principles of effective communication and clear writing into practice, students can establish essential logical strategies and writing skills which will encourage them to engage in any type of writing encountered in their future careers.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. Students will discover a variety of academic writing formats.
2. Students will learn when to use each of the writing formats.
3. Students will understand the use of essay organization which includes outlines and structures of academic writing.
4. Students will study academic language, such as specific vocabulary, conventions and styles of academic writing.
5. Students will be confident and capable of competing for research positions based on the quality of their academic writing.
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Introduction to Academic Writing Pre-Assignment 100分
Review/Written assignment 1 130分
2. Narrative Paragraphs Review/Written assignment 2 130分
3. Process Paragraphs Review/Written assignment 3 130分
4. Writing a letter of request Review/Written assignment 4 130分
5. Definition Paragraphs Review/Written assignment 5 130分
6. Writing a Proposal Written assignment 6 150分
Preparation for the mid-term review 100分
7. Mid-term review: Presenting a mock proposal

Cause and Effect Paragraphs: Introduction
Review/Written assignment 7 150分
8. Cause/Effect Paragraphs Review/Written assignment 8 150分
9. Essay Organization Review/Written assignment 9 200分
10. Cause/Effect Essays Review/Written assignment 10 200分
11. Comparison/Contrast Essays Review/Written assignment 11 200分
12. Opinion Essays/Argumentative Essays Review/Written assignment 12 200分
13. Film/Book Reviews Review/Written assignment 13 200分
Preparation for the final 200分
14. Final: Presenting the film or the book review Review/Written assignment 14 150分
Total. - - 2650分
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Participation in class-activities Writing Assignments: paragraphs Writing Assignments: essays Mid-term review Final review Total.
1. 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 20%
2. 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 20%
3. 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 20%
4. 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 20%
5. 3% 4% 4% 4% 5% 20%
Total. 15% 20% 20% 20% 25% -
Evaluation method and criteria
Grades are given based on:
1. Participation in class-activities (15%)
2. Writing Assignments: eight paragraphs (20%)
3. Writing Assignments: four essays (20%)
4. Mid-term review (20%)
5. Final review (25%)
*In order to pass this course, students need to earn at least 60% of the total score.
Textbooks and reference materials
Textbooks: Longman Academic Writing Series Level 3, 4th edition (Pearson)
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0134663322
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0134663326
There is a required textbook for this course. Please check the textbook information above and purchase it on your own from the online bookstore or any other vendors.
If your book doesn't arrive by the first class meeting, please contact me directly via email (see the Email-address below).

Please note that this course is designed for those whose English language proficiency is bettween CEFR B2 and C1 levels.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Office hours: Monday 13:00-14:00 and Thurs 15:00-16:00 in the lecturer's office & by appointment
  • Contact e-mail address:
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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 applicable
Applicable Professor has experiences of publishing academic papers.
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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