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A six-week course introducing the essentials of academic writing for university students.

Resources for 'Academic Writing: An Introduction'

 

Session One: What does it mean to be academic?

This session introduces the basic idea of academic writing. You find out what academic writing is - and what it isn't! - and some of the most important things you should and shouldn't do.

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Session Two: Formality

This session looks at one of the main features of academic writing, formality. This is something that makes academic writing different from everyday English. 

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  • Manchester Academic Phrasebank: This site has collections of academic English phrases that you can choose and adapt for your own writing.  [Opens in new window]
  • Academic Word List: This is a list of the core vocabulary for academic writingClick "e.g." to see examples of sentences using the word. There are also links to definitions and suggestions for smartphone apps for learning the list. [Opens in new window]

 

 

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Session Three: Structure

How to organise your ideas cohesively and coherently at sentence, paragraph and text level.

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  • Manchester Academic Phrasebank: As well as collections of academic English phrases, this site also introduces the sections of essays and projects.  [Opens in new window]
  • Scribbr.com: The site has lots of useful information. This link goes to their page on essay writing. It has nice clear explanations and examples.  [Opens in new window]
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Session Four: Evidence-based

How to make your academic student voice clear, while at the same time bringing in research from other authors.

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Session Five: Criticality

How to move away from descriptive writing to taking a critical position.

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Session Six: Objectivity

How to take on an objective voice in your assignment writing.

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