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Language Acquisition 6: From Script to Print: Academic Writing in Theory and Practice



Script to Print builds on the first-year From Scratch to Script course. De emphasis is on both the practical aspects of academic writing (such as techniques that help to write more easily and with increased confidence; the study of the linguistic characteristics of academic texts; writing academic texts) as well as studying issues in recent literature on writing in a second language (academic writing viewed from a number of theoretical perspectives).

Teaching method

Two hour seminar per week.

Course objectives

Writing and editing academic texts; knowledge of theories on academic writing such as contrastive rhetoric and genre analysis and the ability to apply them in text analyis.

Required reading

  • Syllabus on Blackboard

  • Christine Pearson Casanave, Controversies in second language writing: Dilemmas and decisions in research and instruction, The University of Michigan Press, 2004.

  • Ken Hyland, English for Academic Purposes, Routledge, 2006.

  • Michael Swan. Practical English Usage, Oxford: Oxford University Press: most recent edition.

Test method

  • Written test (33%).

  • Writing assignment (33%).

  • Oral presentation (33%).

Time table

The timetable will be available from June 1st on the Internet.


English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or by mail:


Students can register through U-twist before 15 July. After 15 July students can only register through the Departmental Office.


This course is supported by Blackboard.