Year 2017 Term canceled Day Period Credit 2 Code 136
Course Title Special Lecture on International Development I
Major Common Subjects
Instructor(s) Usami
Purpose & Description

This course is essentially the same as Academic Writing Skills II (offered in Autum Semester).  It is primarily for non-native speakers of English planning to write a thesis in English.  Participants will improve their overall academic writing ability, focusing on skills, habits and knowledge for writing a longer research paper, including academic writing conventions, logical argumentation, stages of thesis writing, and ways to use previous literature without plagiarizing.  The course will be conducted partly as a writing workshop; participants wil plan and work on writing related to their own research.  Through regular writing, editing and excercises, participants will improve their critical thinking skills and writing hanits as well as fluency and acuracy in English academic writing.


1. Overview and planning; initial assessment

2. Writing clearly

3. Establishing a regular writing routine

4. Peer editing

5. Interactive note taking 

6. Making citeable notes → literature review

7. Avoiding plagiarism: documentation styles

8. Language for referring; verbs, adjectives and tense; Criticizing others; hedging

9. Identifying a research gap → Making focus statements

10. From focus statement to short outline

11. From short outline to long outline

12. Writing an introduction

13. Stating facts, interpreting and making claims

14. Writing a conclusion

15. Techniques for revising 

Texts & References

Main Text:

Cooley, Linda and Jo Lewkowicz. 2003. Dissertation Writing in Practice: Turning Ideas into Text. Hong Kong. Hong Kong University Press

Reference (recommended):

Single, Peg Boyle. 2010. Demystifying Dissertation Writing: A Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text. Sterling, VA. Stylus Publishing



1. Weekly reading and writing assignments on students’ own writing project, leading to a final paper of around 3000 words (80%).

2. Active participation in group writing workshops (20%).

Language(s) for instruction & discussion; Others