Extent: 3 ECTS
Timing: 12 weeks. Semester 1 Group 1 / Semester 2 Group 2
Starting level and linkage with other courses: No prerequisites.
Learning outcomes for the student
The course is designed to enable non-native speakers of English to write and express themselves in a structured, academic style. When completed students should have an expanded academic vocabulary and be capable of writing in a coherent way using short sentences, with a recommended maximum of 23 words.
Their ideas will be: logically expressed and grouped together into distinct paragraphs starting with an introduction and ending in a conclusion.
The relationship between ideas will be clearly expressed using comparatives that are relevant to what the writer wants to express.
Sentences will have clear punctuation; commas (,) and full stops (.) and only use capitalisation with good reason. The correct use of articles ‘a-an’ and ‘the’ will be heavily emphasised.
Structure and Cohesion
Presenting arguments (advocate, deduce, infer etc.)
Talking about figures (arbitrary, deviate, distort etc.)
Explaining, reinforcing, exemplifying (reiterate, expound, posit etc.)
Categorising and including (comprise, subsume, embrace etc.)
Grammar: Commas, Articles (a-an and the)
Common mistakes (lose v loose, advice v advise, affect v effect)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning is a process whereby, through assessment, credit is given to learning which has already been acquired in different ways, e.g. with earlier studies or working experience. RPL gives a student an opportunity to demonstrate his/her knowledge and skills. A student displays with the competence demonstration that s/he manages the course objectives and contents mentioned in the course description. It is possible to participate in the competence demonstration only once before taking the course. A competence demonstration is assessed on the scale from 1 to 5.
Jordan R.R. (1980) Academic Writing Course
McCarthy M and O’Dell F (2002) English Vocabulary in Use (Advanced)
82 Academic Writing (1)
83 Academic Writing (2)
Wyatt R (2001) Check Your English Vocabulary For IELTS
Porter D (2001) Check Your Vocabulary for Academic English
Murphy M (1985) English Grammar in Use
Additional material written by the teacher, Mike Bangle
Homework exercises and self study