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Unit information: Academic Writing in 2020/21

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Unit name Academic Writing
Unit code LANG00006
Credit points 30
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. Vanttinen-Newton
Open unit status Not open

IELTS: min. 5.5 overall; min. 5.0 in writing and 4.5 in other components or equivalent


Text Response (LANG00010)

School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Academic Writing is a 30-credit unit within the International Foundation Programme, which is designed to prepare international students for undergraduate study in the UK. The unit is one of a number of complementary units whose overall aims are to improve the language, academic literacy and subject knowledge required to succeed at a British university.

Academic Writing aims to introduce and practise the process of planning, drafting, evaluating and editing written academic work. It explores a range of academic functions, features of academic style and organisation, and academic grammar and vocabulary in order to improve the students' overall academic literacy.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Plan, write and revise a well organised multi-paragraph piece of writing in an appropriate academic style using a variety of academic functions with a level of linguistic accuracy sufficient to allow ease of reading and communication of message;
  2. Evaluate their own learning based on a portfolio of evidence;
  3. Edit written work effectively (self and peer);
  4. Recognise and recall key academic vocabulary (Coxhead, 2000).

Teaching Information

Students will attend 5 hours of study per week. Learning is facilitated in small group sessions. Individual and group-based work is integrated as appropriate. In addition to a range of authentic texts, use will be made of appropriate e-learning technologies for self-study and self-assessment as well as work in class.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment:

  • Students follow a draft / feedback / re-draft process scheduled into the scheme of work and students receive tutor-led and peer-led formative feedback on their writing.

Summative assessment:

  • Developmental e-portfolio consisting of 6 pieces of writing (100%) ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4.

Reading and References

Bailey, S. (2011) Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. Abingdon: Routledge

Paterson, K. & Wedge, R. (2013). Oxford Grammar for EAP. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Targeted materials are available on Blackboard VLE (self-assessment tools, interactive tutorials and all course documents).