Academic Writing

Course Description: 

The aim of this course is to help students develop as writers within the English speaking academic community by practicing and reflecting upon the conventions of written academic texts.

 During the course, students will:

  • become familiar with the genre of critique and other major genres of critical writing;
  • enhance their argumentative skills related to practicing these genres;
  • have the opportunity to develop their writing process through generating ideas, drafting, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations;
  • learn to take into consideration the expectations of their readership with regard to academic English discourse conventions;
  • learn to incorporate the work of other authors into their own writing;
  • develop their revising and editing skills so as to be able to refine their own written work.
Learning Outcomes: 

After participating in class discussions and completing their assignments, students will be able to:

  • identify the typical components and features of critical genres in their field;
  • write and structure a critique at the macro and micro level;
  • think and write clearly and concisely;
  • properly incorporate the work of other authors into their own writing
  • edit and refine their own written work.
Assessment: 

The academic writing course is evaluated on a PASS/FAIL basis, based on attendance and completion of required assignments. The course will appear on students’ transcript but will not affect their GPA.