This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of Pre-sessional 6 Programme in which you study Academic
Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. You also attend Independent Learning workshops to develop the critical thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at University in the UK.
Academic Writing is taught in conjunction with Academic Reading as these skills often overlap; for example, academic reading leads to academic writing in the form of researched essays, reports and dissertations, so the two skill areas are taught together. This means that the separate Reading and Writing modules will appear on your timetable as a combined ‘Reading and Writing’ teaching session. The Academic Writing module follows the University of Southampton Pre-sessional 6 Reading and Writing syllabus and has specific assessments for this module.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Produce writing with appropriate content for your discipline
- Evaluate and justify information and ideas obtained from sources (e.g. articles or books)
- Make reference to sources appropriately and effectively in your work (e.g. quotation or paraphrase)
- Use learning strategies to continue to develop your academic writing ability
- Plan and structure your writing effectively
- Engage in writing processes that are appropriate for your purposes
- Use language appropriately and effectively in written academic work
A. PRODUCING ASSIGNMENTS WITH APPROPRIATE CONTENT
1. Taking an appropriate and clear position
2. Supporting ideas with relevant detail and explanation
3. Showing understanding of the topic area in relation to a task
4. Showing justification, analysis and support
B. USING SOURCES TO SUPPORT AND ENHANCE WRITING
1. Using research to enhance and support a discussion
2. Showing distinction between source content and your own (written) voice clearly and appropriately
3. Referencing accurately and consistently according to convention (e.g. using Harvard style referencing)
C. STRUCTURING ACADEMIC WRITING
1. Using logical and functional essay and paragraph structure
2. Ordering points in a logical and relevant way
3. Linking and developing ideas clearly and appropriately
D. COMMUNICATING APPROPRIATELY IN WRITING
1. Making writing easy for a reader to follow
2. Conveying key points effectively in relation to a task
3. Presenting a consistent and an appropriate voice in relation to the task
E. WRITING CLEARLY AND ACCURATELY
1. Using language that communicates ideas with precision and accuracy
2. Using language that communicates exact relationships between ideas
3. Using grammar, punctuation and vocabulary sufficiently to express appropriate meaning
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including: full class teaching; individual, pair and group work in class; set tasks to be completed outside class; analysis and use of authentic texts;
Independent Learning workshops; self-directed independent study; and tutorials with your tutor. In your tutorials you will discuss your progress and have the opportunity to ask about your work and learning needs.
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Resources & Reading list
University of Southampton LibGuides@Southampton (Academic Skills:Home- useful links for academic writing, critical thinking, information management, academic integrity, presentation skills, exam techniques and resources [online]..
University of Manchester – Academic Phrasebank (pages for introducing work, referring to the literature, being critical, describing methods, reporting results, discussing findings, writing conclusions, general functions).
J Godfrey (2013a). How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
C Sowton (2014). Unlock Level 4 Reading and Writing Skills: Student's Book and Online Workbook. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
R Pears and G Shield (2013). Cite them Right. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
A Pallant (2012). English for Academic Study: Writing Course Book. Reading: University of Reading/Garnet Publishing Ltd.
C Sowton (2012). 50 Steps to Improving your Academic Writing: Study Book. Reading: Garnet Publishing Ltd.
S Bailey (2015b). Academic Writing for International Students of Business. Abingdon: Routledge.
R R Jordan (1999). Academic Writing Course. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.
J Bell and S Walters (2014). Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill Open University Press.
A Gillett, A Hammond and M Martala (2009). Successful Academic Writing (Inside Track Series). Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.
A McNair and F Gooch (2013). Language for Study Level 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
K Pakenham, J McEntire and J Williams (2013). Making Connections Level 3 Student’s book: Skills and strategies for Academic Reading. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
J Godfrey (2013b). The Student Phrase Book: Vocabulary for writing at university. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
N Caplan (2012). Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers. Michigan: University of Michigan Press.
D Burnapp (2009). Getting Ahead as an International Student. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill/Open University Press.
S Argent and O Alexander (2014). Access EAP: Frameworks Course Book. Reading: Garnet Publishing.
T Day (2013). Success in Academic Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
D Hopkins and P Cullen (2007). Grammar for IELTS with Answers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
J McCormack and J Slaght (2012). Extended Writing and Research Skills Course Book. Reading: University of Reading/Garnet Publishing Ltd.
H Reinders, N Moore and M Lewis (2008). The International Student Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
S McCarter and P Jakes (2009). Uncovering EAP: How to Teach Academic Writing and Reading. Oxford: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
J Swales and C Feak (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students. Michigan: The University of Michigan Press.
A Oshima and A Hogue (2006). Writing Academic English. New York: Pearson Education.
S Bailey (2015a). Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. Abingdon: Routledge.
N Murray and G Hughes (2008). Writing Up Your University Assignments and Research Projects: A Practical Handbook. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill Open University Press.
A Osmond (2013). Academic Writing and Grammar for Students. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
C Fletcher (2013). Skills for Study Level 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
S Cottrell (2011). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
J Slaght (2012). English for Academic Study: Reading and Writing Source Book. Reading: University of Reading/Garnet Publishing Ltd.
K Paterson, and R Wedge (2013). Oxford Grammar for EAP: English Grammar and Practice for Academic Purposes with answers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
K McMillan and J Weyers (2013). How to Research & Write a Successful PhD. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.
A Wallwork (2012). English for Research: Usage, Style, and Grammar. New York: Springer US.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Writing
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.