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; gain confidence in expressing yourself in both spoken and written English, through in-class writing and speaking, homework and consultations.
Most of the reading and in-class materials you need for this course are included in the first section of the Reader. These include a number of reading assignments in preparation for the classes. It is important that you complete the assigned reading before each class because it contains essential information that will be needed in that lesson. Other materials needed for the course will be handed out in class or you will be asked to read them in the library or online. The material will mostly be discipline-specific texts, which you will analyze to get further insight into the specific aspect being addressed in that class.