Online Course "Introduction to Academic Writing"
The Introduction to Academic Writing course aims to give the participants an idea of how to "build" an academic text in English and provide them with specific language structures and gambits for the most common language functions: giving definitions, referring to other research, describing conclusions etc.
What's the course content?
The course builds on excerpts from original, but easily understandable academic articles on social sciences. Through carefully structured tasks, the participants analyze these texts and use them as models for their own writing.
How is the course structured?
- The course is made up of 4 modules, 2 topics in each one, and is delivered online via the Schoology LMS. The modules include tasks on text analysis, writing, vocabulary and (very occasionally) grammar. Some modules include links to extra materials (such as links to videos).
- Each module finishes with a writing task (writing a paragraph in Module 1 and then longer texts in other modules), which the participants have a week to submit.
- Participants get individual feedback (written or in the form of a voiced screencast) on each final task.
- To "pass" the course, 3 out of 4 final tasks need to be submitted.
The material is spread over 5 weeks and for an Intermediate student will probably require about 2-4 hours of study a week.
Trainer: Alina Brooks (CELTA, DELTA, MSc) is currently teaching English at INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquees) in Strasbourg. She is also a CELTA trainer and a methodologist for FLOW by Yandex.Practicum. Formerly an IELTS and Cambridge main suite examiner, Alina holds degrees from MCPU and Aston University (MSc in Educational Management in TESOL). Alina regularly runs the Introduction to Academic Writing course for the Academic Writing Centre.
Dates: February 8 - March 15
English level requirement: B1+
How do I get accepted? You should be a full-time employee from teaching or research staff at the HSE.
The course is offered on the competitive enrollment basis. Please, fill out an online registration form and write a motivation letter in English (about 300 words). Please name the types of academic texts you have to write in English, describe the difficulties you have faced when writing an academic text and explain how new skills are relevant to your teaching and / or scientific work.
For more information on how to write a strong motivation letter, please read the AWC blog.
- "Now I am more or less clear about how to write academic texts in English. I am more confident in my writing and less scared to make a mistake. Now I know how to build a text and use SPRE framework. I learned some useful vocabulary for connecting sentences, for paraphrasing and hedging. It is funny, now I know that writing a text in English is like a programming, easier means better."
- "Now I undestand better how to write paragraphs and SPRE-texts, report on my reseach and give definitions, organize texts in academic English and use hedging phrases to sound less categoric and more academic, as well as use linkers for structuring academic texts. I find suggested vocabulary very useful. I learned many new words and phrases!"