AES : The Language of Academic Writing

The Language of Academic Writing

Course Description
This course is a general introduction to academic writing.  The six workshops will highlight the features of good academic writing and help you to organise your sentences and paragraphs appropriately.  You will work on selecting and expanding vocabulary for your assignments.  There will be guidance and practice in producing the noun phrases and sentence structures that will help make your writing more precise, clear and objective.  You will learn how to include your own ideas and the ideas of others, using paraphrasing, citing and referencing.  Finally, you will learn how to check your own writing in order to correct mistakes and make improvements.

Who is this course aimed at?
Students who are new to academic writing at university level or would like an introduction to the core skills required to construct cohesive academic texts.

Booking
There are 6 sessions The Language of Academic Writing course. You can book these sessions individually.

How to book:
1) Go to: https://skillsforge.arts.ac.uk
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2) Log in with your UAL username and password
3) Go to the Language Development tab and then choose Academic English Skills Classes
4) Select the time you wish to book and note the location.
You will receive an email notification with details of the booking.

Cancellations:
If you cannot come to your class, please cancel your booking at least 48 hours before the session.  This will allow another student to book. Please log into Skills Forge to cancel your booking.  There is a cancellation link you can click at the bottom of the booking confirmation. 

Session Writing  Skills focus Preparation task
1 25 October What is ‘academic’? An introduction to British academic culture and how it relates to writing. Sample of your writing
2 1 November The structure of writing: sentences, paragraphing & organisation. Sample of your writing
3 8 November Academic vocabulary: genre & style. Sample of your writing
4 15 November Using nouns over verbs: cohesion & objectivity. Sample of your writing
5  22 November Incorporating sources: voices in your writing; paraphrasing & citing. Sample of your writing
6 29 November  Editing: methods for proofreading your own work Sample of your writing