Academic writing can be very different from other types of written English. This course has been developed to help you learn the basics of academic writing and develop your English language skills.
You’ll develop some proficiency in key areas of ‘academic’ grammar, learn about the stages in essay writing, and produce an essay of your own. You’ll also explore how to organise an essay, write in an academic style, and use tools to evaluate your own writing and other learners’ writing, so that by the end of the course you’re able to write a good, basic academic essay.
Compare one aspect of life now with life in the past in one well-constructed paragraph.
Explore organisational structure of essays: identify and name the different sections of an essay.
Explain one aspect of your home town in one well-constructed paragraph, focussing on language accuracy.
Develop and write the first draft of your essay.
Contribute and receive feedback on first essay drafts.
Reflect on feedback received and improve your draft to create and submit a second draft of your essay.
Key features of academic writing
Developing essay ideas
Organising your ideas effectively
Essay structure and organisation
Choosing a title
Writing in an impersonal style
Using academic language
Writing about facts and activities
Writing about groups of people
Writing longer sentences: linking words and subordinators
The stages of writing an essay
Analysing an essay title
Deciding what evidence to use
Writing a first draft of an essay
Evaluating a first draft of an essay
Reflecting on feedback on your first draft of the essay
Responding to feedback on your first draft of the essay
This course is aimed at non-English speakers who have studied some English. You should have a minimum level of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent.