Year 2017 Term canceled Day Period Credit 2 Code 138
Course Title Special Lecture on International DevelopmentI
Major Common Subjects
Instructor(s) Otsubo
Purpose & Description

This is a foundation course in academic writing at graduate level for non-native speakers of English. Participants will learn the basics of academic writing at graduate level, focusing on short research papers of around 1000 words.

Students will improve their skills, knowledge and habits in writing academic English, focusing on accuracy in grammar and vocabulary, improving writing fluency, conventional organization and logic in academic writing, research ethics and documentation, paraphrase and summary. Each week students will complete short reading and writing tasks, practice peer and self-editing, and work on grammar and vocabulary exercises. Instruction will respond to the specific needs of participants.

  1. Introduction and overview; initial assessment
  2. Brainstorming and planning; academic vocabulary
  3. Style: writing clearly
  4. Organizing paragraphs
  5. Plagiarism and research ethics
  6. Documenting sources
  7. Academic reading: note making
  8. From reading to writing: paraphrase and summary
  9. Arguing to convince your readers
  10. Reading critically
  11. Combining sources; phrases for referring
  12. Writing introductions
  13. Writing conclusions
  14. Rewriting and proofreading
  15. Review

Texts & References

Bailey, Stephen. 2011. Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. 3rd edition. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN-10: 0415595819

Reference: Cottrell, Stella. 2005. Critical Thinking Skills. London: Palgrave Macmillan


  1. Three 1000 word essays (20%, 30%, 30%); 2) Active participation in class activities (20%)

Language(s) for instruction & discussion; Others