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Language Acquisition 6: From Script to Print


Admission Requirements



Language Acquisition 6: From Script to Print builds on the first-year From Scratch to Script course. In the first half of the course students will familiarize themselves with topics in academic writing that were not or not fully dealt with in the propaedeutic course, such as argumentation, clause grammer, cohesion, heding, and paragraph development. The theory will be applied to short writing and editing assignments, which we will discuss in tutorial. Furthermore, students will be given guidelines on how to review each other’s work.
In the second half of the course, students cooperate in pairs to write three short academic papers (500-1000 words), which are peer-reviewed by two of their fellow students in short oral presentations. The student-authors then use the feed-back obtained from these peer reviews to rewrite one of the papers into a 2000-word academic essay.

Course Objectives

  • Ability to write and edit academic texts

  • Knowledge of theories on academic writing such as argumentation and cohesion and the ability to apply them in one’s own writing.
    h3. Timetable

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

Mode of Instruction

Two hour seminar per week.


  • Written test (40%)

  • Essays (30%)

  • Presentations (30%)
    If the mark for one of these three course components is lower than 5.0, this component cannot be compensated.


This course is supported by Blackboard. Students should sign up before the beginning of the semester. The student will be allowed to resit the failed course component in August.

Reading list

  • Swan, M. (2005). Practical English usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Language Acquisition 6: From script to print. [Texts and assignments on Blackboard]


Students can register through uSis.

Register for ‘Contractonderwijs’ via:

Contact information

English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or mail: