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Language Acquisition 6: Academic Writing in Theory and Practice


Admission requirements

A pass for Language Acquisition 1 or an equivalent introductory course on academic writing.


Academic Writing in Theory and Practice builds on the first-year writing and grammar course. In the first half of the course we will deal with topics in academic writing that were not or not fully dealt with in the first year, such as argumentation, clause grammar, cohesion, hedging, 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 will further perfect their editing skills. They will also 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 academic essays at CEF-level C1

  • Ability to edit and peer review academic texts

  • Knowledge of theories on academic writing and the ability to apply these theories


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website

Mode of instruction

One lecture until the study week and one tutorial per week; self-study.

Assessment method

  1. Written test : open questions and editing test) (40%); 2. oral and written presentations (30%); 3. essay (30%).
    If the mark for one of these three course components is lower than 5.0, this component cannot be compensated. The student will be allowed to resit the failed course component


A Blackboard site is available for this course. See Blackboard

Reading list

  • Language Acquisition 6: Academic writing in theory and practice. [Texts and assignments on Blackboard]

  • Reference grammar of English, to be purchased after consultation with the tutor.


Students should register through uSis. Exchange students cannot register through uSis, but must see the director of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:
Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

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Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail:
Co-ordinator of Studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.