LANG 5040 - Academic Writing I

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Course Description: 

The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. In addition to addressing issues related to academic writing, the course will also focus on the other skills you will need to complete your graduate level work in English.

During the course, you will:

•  become more familiar with the genres of and enhance the skills related to evaluative and research-based writing

•  acquire an awareness of and ability to use effectively the discourse patterns of academic English.

•  improve your critical reading skills

•  have the opportunity to develop your writing process through generating ideas, drafting, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations

• learn to take into consideration the expectations of your readership with regard to academic English discourse conventions

• learn to incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing within the requirements of English academic practice

•  develop your revising and editing skills

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

•  identify the purposes, typical components and features of various genres in the discipline

•  structure an academic paper at the macro and micro level

•  understand the importance of critical reading

•  think and write more clearly and incisively

•  have a variety of skills and approaches to draw upon when writing academic papers

•  target the various audiences academics write for, and understand the expectations of these audiences

•  properly incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing

•  understand the CEU policy towards plagiarism

•  use the appropriate citation style guidelines

•  edit and refine your own written work


During the course, you will have to complete one piece of writing for the Writing Center in the Fall Term. There will be one mandatory consultation on this writing and subsequent consultations if further improvement is desirable. We provide extensive qualitative comments during consultation, which are intended to help you in improving your writing. Furthermore, you will have a series of mandatory consultations throughout the academic year related to your departmental work. Drafts will need to be submitted to CAW one week before final submission to the department. You will therefore have ample opportunity to redraft, revise and improve your work. Consultations on a voluntary basis will be available for all papers.

The academic writing course is a required course for 3 credits, which you need to pass in order to complete your degree, but as it is a support course (to help you with other courses) it will not affect your GPA although it will appear on your transcript.