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 (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.
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
45-minute lectures until Reading Week
The course load of this course is 140 hours.
hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 9
time for studying the compulsory literature: 30
time to prepare for tutorials/the exam and/or write a paper (including reading/research): 101
written test: questions and editing test (30%);
oral and written presentations (20%);
the essay grade should be sufficient (6.0) in order to be able to complete the course.
If the final grade is 5 or less students may only resit the insufficient course component(s). Students may not resit the participation component.
Attendance is compulsory. Unauthorized absence will mean that you cannot take part in the relevant exam(s).
Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.
Bolt, A. & Bruins, W. (2012). Effective scientific writing: An advanced learner’s guide to better English. Amsterdam: VU University Press.
Swan, M. (2005). Practical English usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Language Acquisition 6: Academic writing in theory and practice. [Texts available via Blackboard]
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
English Language and Culture student administration, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coordinator of studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.