The Academic English Writing Course
The Academic English Writing Course
A degree from a reputable British or American university can open the door to some of the best career opportunities. As such, these universities attract some of the most talented students from all over the world, which means there is a lot of competition for places. It also means that if you are fortunate enough to be offered a place, you must be able to demonstrate a high level of English, particular written English. The Academic English Writing Course will improve your overall English skills, but most importantly, it will prepare you for reading academic texts and writing at a level expected at a university.
The Academic English Writing Course will give you a preview of what to expect when you start your university course. You will read and analyse a variety of academic texts, learn how to understand academic language and write in an appropriate academic style. Through discussion and debate, you will not only become more informed on issues relating to diversity in a globalised business world, but also improve your speaking fluency and accuracy, develop your range of vocabulary, and gain confidence and expertise in expressing your views and opinions in an academic manner.
What will you do on the course?
This is a 10-week course, including a free introduction lesson that explains the course content, how to navigate the online material and how your independent learning online corresponds with your face-to-face lessons. The introduction lesson will also explain the methodology of the course structure and content. During this lesson, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about any doubts you have. Over the next 9-weeks you will attend two 90-minute lessons per week that will cover everything you need to know about producing academic quality writing for university. These lessons will include presentations, activities, and also tutorials to help you reflect on your progress and discuss any issues or doubts that you have with your tutor.
How will you learn?
Throughout the course, you will be provided with authentic academic and professional reading materials to accompany your presentations. You will use this material for research and to reference your final essay. This material will also give you the opportunity to analyse the type of material that you will be reading at university, and the type of writing you will ultimately be expected to produce. Regular exposure to the material will help you to develop your own writing abilities and also highlight facts, data and research that will help you when writing your essay for the final writing exam.
Course Material and Study Sheets
Your course material will present you with clear and concise information that will help you improve your writing skills. At the end of each topic section you will find the Key Points highlighted. This will help you to quickly identify and recall the relevant aspects of each topic. Some topic sections also include listed point-by-point guides to help your revision and practice process. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended that you find a revision and recall strategy that suits you.
Essential Study Skills
Taking notes is an important study skill. Although you will be provided with study sheets throughout the course, it is absolutely essential that you take notes during lessons because you will need to refer to those notes during independent study (online content).
Reflecting on your progress and writing a journal is widely recognised as a valuable aspect of learning. It helps you to assess yourself, identify the things that you are doing well and the areas that you need to improve. It also gives you an opportunity to practice your writing. Regularly writing improves your ability to produce accurate sentence structures and paragraphs. Practicing your writing with short texts will improve how you write longer texts.
Tutorials help you to identify your specific needs and develop your own individual learning plan. Individual tutorial time is not included when you study at an English language academy, but it is essential in higher education as it helps you to identify your specific needs.
You will be given writing assignment tasks during the course. These writing tasks are not part of your final assessment, but an opportunity for you to prepare for your final writing exam. By the end of the course, you will have learnt all the fundamental aspects of academic essay writing and will be better prepared for your journey into higher academic education. It will also help you to improve your English language test results, which you will need for your university application.
LEARN THE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF ACADEMIC WRITING
Analysing essay questions and understanding academic assignments.
How to organise and structure academic texts.
How to ensure your writing is logical, cohesive and coherent.
How to write critical analysis essays.
How to identify the main ideas in academic writing.
How to summarise, paraphrase and reference other people’s work.
Writing a thesis statement and planning an essay.
How to develop a good academic argument and express ideas effectively.
How to support your point of view and express levels of agreement.
How to write comparative essays.
How to efficiently and effectively read academic journals.
Understanding plagiarism and how to avoid it.