830021 :English for Academic Writing

General info

Instruction language English
Type of Instruction Seminars (11 x 2 hours of class instruction) and a tutorial: 1 x 30 minutes per student (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Two 250-word writing assignments, one 2.000-word essay and a written language exam (No data available yet)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
Registration:Enroll via COMAP. As of 3 August 2017, 11:00 a.m for fall semester, as of 18 December 2017, 11.00 a.m. for spring semester.
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This course aims to help students improve their English academic writing skills. This involves both the general writing skills needed to construct a well-structured text and the English language skills necessary to write well at an academic level.


  • The principal focus in this course is on areas such as the efficient and insightful construction of paragraphs, different text structures, and clear marking of argumentative steps.
  • The course will also address how to discuss, compare, and criticize source materials, using the appropriate textual devices and appropriate language. These critical, analytic skills are relevant to students of all disciplines.
  • The English language skills necessary for writing a good text will involve issues such as grammatical correctness, complex sentences, sentence construction, using the appropriate vocabulary, etc.
  • The students will regularly be given short writing tasks to practice a skill discussed in class.


  • Since this is a practical course, a minimum attendance of 80% is required.
  • Target level: C1
  • Learning a language takes time. Apart from attendance and exam preparation, this course has a course load of about 8 hours per week. Please note that writing even short assignments well takes time and effort (e.g. looking up words and information, writing and rewriting passages). Therefore, you should carefully consider what your personal workload will be during that semester and consider whether you will be able to invest the time necessary to complete the writing activities for this course.
  • If your aim is simply 'to improve your basic English' by working on grammar and vocabulary, for example, this may not be the most suitable course for you. Understandably, writing academic texts on complex issues requires that certain basic language issues, such as word order or verb conjugation, are not major problem areas for you. When in doubt, we recommend that you do the Student English Language Assessment (SELA) on Blackboard, which can give you some indication of your general level of English. Other English courses also go into writing to some extent, so we recommend that you review the English courses on offer. More information SELA and other English courses.
  • Target level: C1
  • In the event of an insufficient number of participants, the Language Center reserves the right to cancel a course.

Books can be ordered on www.studystore.nl

Compulsory Reading

  1. Janene Van Loon Arnoud Thuss, Nicole Schmidt & Kevin Haines, Academic writing in English. A process-based approach, Coutinho, maart 2016, ISBN 9789046905159.

Required Prerequisites

Entry level: 6 years of VWO or similar level (i.e. CEFR level B2). Should you be unsure of your level, you can take the Student English Language Assessment (SELA) on Blackboard. Browse the course catalogue for ‘SELA’. For more information about the test, see SELA or Blackboard.

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