UNIT 1: Getting Off to a Good Start

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Welcome to the first independent study lesson of the English Evolution English Academic Writing Course. Your independent study lessons are a significant part of your course, providing you with an opportunity to learn in your own time. Therefore, it is essential that you complete all of your independent study lessons each week as they prepare you for your tutor lessons.

In this first unit, you will study the different types of formal writing styles, how they are different and how they are similar. You will also be introduced to the theory that supports the 5-paragraph essay structure and how it helps you to formulate your arguments, organise and present your ideas. You will also examine how academic assignment questions are formed and how to write a good thesis statement from which to base your writing from.


  • TOPIC 1: An introduction to academic writing
  • TOPIC 2: Preparing to write an academic essay