Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Advanced English Writing Skills

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Centre for English Language Proficiency

DESCRIPTION This unit offers first year students an introduction to key writing skills that are required at undergraduate level. It achieves its aims through a mixed methodology comprising of a series of lectures at the beginning of the unit and subsequent seminars designed to give students individualised feedback in the context of small groups.

The unit comprises 5 lectures focusing on key aspects of writing, including:
i. summary/paraphrase/commentary;
ii. techniques of argumentation;
iii. use of sources;
iv. pre-writing strategies.

The remaining sessions are devoted to seminars, in which students meet the lecturer in small groups (8-12) and are given individual, detailed feedback about their writing. The feedback will allow students to recognise their strengths and weaknesses and to understand what they need to do to improve their English writing skills.

When students are not due to attend seminars, they will be given clear guidelines on how to conduct relevant and effective independent study.

Study-unit Aims:

i. To introduce students to the demands of writing in English at undergraduate level;
ii. To provide students with an understanding of key aspects of writing in English;
iii. To show students the importance of pre-writing strategies in writing;
iv. To provide students with detailed feedback about their use of English;
v. To show to students what they need to do to improve their writing in English through further study.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

i. Identify and describe what makes a well-structured text in a variety of genres, including academic writing;
ii. Understand the way in which pre-writing strategies improves clarity and coherence in writing;
iii. Identify basic weaknesses in their own writing skills and the ways in which these may be addressed;
iv. Understand the rationale behind the use of style sheets in academic writing and how to use a style sheet in their own writing.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

i. Summarise and paraphrase effectively and accurately;
ii. Organise their ideas for writing in a coherent and logical way;
iii. Use sources in various ways in their writing;
iv. Identify and act upon areas of weakness in their own writing.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Oshima, A & Hogue, Ann (2006), Writing Academic English, 4th Edition, New York: Pearson Longman.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is offered to students of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences only.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar & Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Larissa Jonk
Jean Theuma
Daniel Xerri

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