OJZ 420 - Academic Writing


Course description:

Code: OJZ 420

Title: Academic Writing

Abbreviation: AW

Length: 1 semester

Level: B2 – C1

Credits: 2

Target participants: Master’s students who want to do well at the written part of the Final Master’s Examination in English as well as any students who want to improve their writing skills.

Entry requirement/level of the course (CEFR): B2

If not sure, please, assess your level using a placement test or the “CEFR assessment grid” on our web pages.

Aims: The aims of the course are threefold: to help students overcome the fear of writing, to help them spread their ideas effectively, and to practice complex sentence structures for writing the academic environment.

Content and Approach: Students are expected to write three drafts of one argumentative paper on a topic of their choice. We pay a lot of attention to pre-writing activities, discuss papers in class, write peer-reviews, and practice sentence structures. All the reading and writing assignments are given as homework, so we spend most of the time in class discussing the issues connected with writing and discussing students’ papers.

Assessment/Credits/ Workload:

Credit is awarded for:

  • Regular attendance (maximum three absences)
  • Active participation in English in class
  • Submission of all the reading and writing assignments
  • Submission of the final draft of the paper

The workload of home preparation varies up to a number of hours before the submission of the draft, but on average, it is 2 hours per week.

Materials: Oshima: Writing Academic English

Other requirements:

  • It is not possible to attend this course without at first registering on-line (STAG).