Academic Writing in English

2021-2022 | New dates first semester

Score with your English papers: improve your academic English


This course will bring you up to date on the most common dos and don’ts of academic writing in English. You will receive lots of practical tips and tricks that focus on the specific problems we typically see in student papers. In addition, you will learn to recognise your own errors and correct them using online resources (dictionaries, websites, thesaurus, etc.). These will help you on the way to improving your writing assignments.

Topics

  • following academic writing conventions (e.g. use of passive versus active voice)
  • creating text cohesion (e.g. using linking words such as on the other hand correctly)
  • making use of standard phrases (e.g. This paper explores the validity of …)
  • mastering academic vocabulary (e.g. subsequent, diverge, etc.)
  • recognising incorrect sentence structure (e.g. *More important, …-> More importantly …)
  • learning punctuation rules (e.g. This method, however, will …)
  • correcting errors using online resources (dictionaries, websites, thesaurus, etc.)

Audience

Bachelor and Master students (and others with an interest in academic writing)

Course components

3-hour live sessions

  • live explanations and instructions from the teacher
  • a variety  of practice activities, in pairs, in groups and individually
  • opportunity to ask questions

Self-study/homework (about 3 hours per session):

  • Online exercises
  • Exercises in the coursebook
  • Extra info videos

On campus or online?

The content and coursebook of the on campus and online editions will be the same. Both courses include active participation and interaction.

If you opt for the online edition, note that interaction is essential. Make sure

  • you have a working webcam and microphone
  • you are in a quiet room where you can talk freely.

Participants either choose to take the online or the on campus course; switching between them is impossible. Both courses have the same content, but the order in which the content is dealt with differs.

Evaluation

There is no test at the end of the course. Students who attend at least 75% of the classes will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the final lesson.

Course dates/times

online course

  • four Mondays: 22/11, 29/11, 6/12, 13/12
  • 6.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.

on campus course (Stadscampus*)

  • four Tuesdays: 9/11, 16/11, 23/11, 30/11
  • 6.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.

*Depending on which COVID-19 measures apply at the time of the course, some or all of the lessons may have to be taught online instead of face-to-face on campus.

Length

12 hours (4 x 3-hour sessions)

Period

November-December 2021

March-May 2022 (exact dates will be announced later)

Location

Online / Stadscampus

Fee

€150 for students

€175 for non-students

Payment

Please note that registration is only complete when we have received your payment.

You can pay online or by bank transfer. All details are included in the online registration form.

Registration deadline

Tuesday (on campus) course: 26 October 2021​

Monday (online) course: 8 November 2021

Registration

To register, please complete one of the online forms (available 20 September 2021).


Linguapolis reserves the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of participants has not been reached. If this is the case, we will inform you as soon as possible.

If you cancel your registration before the registration deadline, we charge 20% of the registration fee to cover cancellation costs. No refunds will be made if the participant cancels after the registration deadline. Registrations cannot be interrupted or transferred to a later course date. Once the course has started, no refunds can be made.