This course is suitable for anyone planning to study a programme taught in English at a university or college who would like to learn how to write using academic English.

Learning how to use academic English and developing good writing skills, vocabulary and grammar is a must for any prospective university student. Keep in mind that academic English is different from other types of English writing you may have done in the past.

The aim of the course is to introduce academic writing so that students can gain knowledge and understanding of key features of this type of communication. Moreover, the course guarantees development of proficiency in these areas. By completing the course successfully, students will know how to organise an essay, use academic writing style and produce a good, basic academic essay of their own.

About the course

Course syllabus:

-          Features of academic writing

-          Essay organisation

-          Your first essay: language focus

-          Your first essay: focus on the writing stages

-          Your first essay: feedback and redrafting

The course consists of a mix of video, on-screen examples, discussions, and quizzes.

Additionally, throughout the course, students will analyse examples of academic writing that have been produced by some former course-takers, to show the improvements that can be made to an essay. These improvements are made by guiding and instructing the writer in the areas of content, organisation, language and the process of planning and drafting an essay. The course team says:

We will provide you with the tools to evaluate your own writing and the writing of others, as well as clarifying some key language areas commonly used in academic writing.

Requirements: The course is suitable for non-native English speakers who have previously studied English. A prospective course-taker should have a minimum level of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent.

Start Date: May 4, 2015

Length: 5 weeks

Professor:  Steve Thomas

University: University of Reading

Platform: Future Learn