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