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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Principles of Academic Writing 1 & 2

Module code: EAL4621 (sem 1) and EAL4622 (sem 2)

HEAR transcript: included as co-curricular activities 

Module duration: 10 weeks / 2hrs a week 

Skills Points for doctoral students: 20

Non-credit bearing  

Preparation and assessment: none 

Note: Principles of Academic Writing 1 is offered in semester 1 and Principles of Academic Writing 2 is offered in semester 2. 

In order to excel at writing assignments for university, you need to master the basic skills of paraphrasing, summarising, connecting ideas and referencing your sources as well as writing clearly and concisely. These two modules give practice in all these skills and help you to develop your own academic style and voice, improve your argumentation skills and learn how to avoid plagiarism. As these popular modules run in both semesters, you can choose to join the course in the first or second semester as they are two separate courses. However, as PAWS 2 runs in the second semester, you will be encouraged to bring in submitted work with feedback for in-depth analysis and discussion. PAWS classes are suitable for students who have not written assignments at a UK university before and for anyone who would like to improve the quality of their written coursework. 

Key skills: planning, understanding different genres, incorporating sources

Students' feedback on this module: 

"The best thing about this module was an opportunity to learn about different writing styles and interact with other students. I have learnt so much!"

"Our teacher was great. This class motivated me to engage more in my studies, and it helped me to understand what I need to do to get higher marks for my assignments."

"The class and the individual attention given in class were amazing."

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