The course aims to cover certain genres that students will meet within the department. It begins with sessions on critical reading and writing, leading to an analysis of genres that respond to and evaluate other texts. The rest of the course is focused on research based writing, from term papers, to proposals and finally the thesis.
The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practising, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. The course will also address other skills needed for graduate level work in English.
During the course, you will learn to improve your critical reading skills, so you can think and write more clearly and incisively. You will have the opportunity to develop your writing process through phases of generating ideas, drafting, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations. Through an analysis of different genres you will become more familiar with features of various academic texts, and learn to use the discourse patterns and conventions of academic English effectively, taking into consideration the expectations of your readership. This also involves learning to incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing within the requirements of English academic practice.