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Written English

Written English

Code: COM1SD002D

Extent: 3 ECTS

Timing: 12 weeks. Semester 1 Group 1 / Semester 2 Group 2

Language: English

Type: Compulsory

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.

Course contents

  • Initial test

  • Introductions

  • Conclusions

  • Abstracts

  • Structure and Cohesion

  • Academic words

  • 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)

  • Final exam

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.

Teacher(s) responsible

Mike Bangle

Course materials

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

Assessment criteria

Initial assessment

Weekly attendance

Written assignment

Homework exercises and self study