CAW Academic Writing

Course Description: 

The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practising, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. The course will also address other skills needed for graduate level work in English.

During the course, you will:

  • Become more familiar with features of various academic texts
  • Learn to use the discourse patterns and conventions of academic English effectively, taking into consideration the expectations of your readership
  • Improve your critical reading skills, so you can think and write more clearly and incisively
  • Develop your writing process through generating ideas, drafting, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations
  • Learn to incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing within the requirements of English academic practice

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the purposes, typical components and features of various academic genres
  • Structure an academic paper at the macro and micro level
  • Think and write more clearly and incisively
  • Employ effective skills and approaches when writing papers
  • Properly incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing, and understand the CEU policy on plagiarism
  • Edit and refine your own written work

During the course, you will have to complete a writing assignment for the Writing Center as well as working with us on one or more papers for your department. For each piece, you will have ample opportunity to redraft, revise and improve your work, both in co-operation with peers and in consultation with a writing instructor. We provide extensive qualitative comments during consultation and marking, which are intended to help you in improving your writing. The academic writing course is a required course, which you need to pass in order to complete your degree, but as it is a support course (to help you with other courses) it will not affect your GPA.

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