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English for academic purposes: Writing

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September, February
Language of instruction

Course description

During this course students will learn to write academic texts. They will learn to use the correct reference, grammar and style in their texts. In addition, they will learn how to use dictionaries and thesauruses with the help of an electronic toolbox in Blackboard. Students will be able to use correct collocations, punctuation and word formations. They will learn to structure their thoughts in paragraph formatting. They will also learn to write introduction, discussion and conclusion sections of academic essays. They will learn to express themselves in a cohesive, coherent and logical way in order to signpost their audience. They will be made aware of the dangers of plagiarism and will do some thorough training to avoid this issue.

Course material

  • Swales, J.M., en C.B. Feak, Academic writing for graduate students: Essential Tasks and Skills (third edition), University of Michigan Press.
  • Williams, K., en Jude Caroll, Referencing and Understanding Plagiarism, Palgrave Macmillan.

The course material is not included in the registration fee. Course participants are required to purchase course materials themselves.

Target group and admission requirements

This course is aimed at students who wish to improve their academic writing skills in English, starting from level B2.  

Others are required to take an entrance test to see if their knowledge is sufficient. You can simply complete the online placement test at home. When you are in doubt, contact us: 071 - 5272332 / talencentrum@hum.leidenuniv.nl

If you wish, you may also take the test at the reception desk of the Academic Language Centre on working days between 9:00 and 15:30 o'clock. It is not necessary to make an appointment. 

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for this course is 16.
  • The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.
  • If classes are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added at the end of the courses. Please take into account that courses may end later than scheduled.
  • The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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