Academic Writing (B2+) 4219-ZP201s
This course will equip students with skills needed to write in a formal, academic style in English. It focuses on research skills and provides students with the means of finding, evaluating, using, and responding to sources in academic writing. Using selected academic essays, students will learn how to read, understand, structure, and produce academic texts.
- class meetings (detailed schedule is presented to students prior to first meeting by each group's instructor).
- individual consultations with instructor.
- group work and work in pairs, where students correct each other's papers
- research paper proposal
- revised research paper
Type of course
Upon completing this course a student:
- has knowledge of academic writing style and structure;
- understands what is meant by research and use of sources, is aware of standards of academic honesty;
- knows the rules and conventions of bibliography, footnoting etc.
- is aware of several key debates taking place in academic writing;
- is able to distinguish between texts written in different styles and registers (academic and non-academic)
- is able to recognize sources that are appropriate in academic research
- is able to produce an academic essay with the full complement of scholarly apparatus, including proper use of source notion and bibliography;
- has basic skills and enhanced vocabulary for speaking and writing about culture;
- is able to work in a group;
- is open to conflicting visions of culture;
- is able to formulate his/her opinion on several key controversial issues in US culture;
- can evaluate the work of his/her colleagues as well as suggest corrections/improvements in their written work
50% Research paper (final submission of edited work)
20% Homework (10% proposal; 10% position paper)
30% Classwork (30% attendance and participation)
Eric Hayot, The Elements of Academic Style
Gregory Colomb et al., The Craft of Research
Helen Sword, Stylish Academic Writing
Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
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