Academic Writing in English
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Akadeemiline kirjutamine inglise keeles
Course title in English
Academic Writing in English
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2021/2022 Spring semester
Miriam Anne McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov (language of instruction:English)
lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
Development of research discourse skills in English; preparation for future work in the academic environment.
Brief description of the course
The course advances the academic writing skills which have already been acquired and used at Master’s level towards the preparation of a comprehensive thesis. The aim of the seminar is to experience the meaning of writing for the academic community. Collectively we will ask: Who is/are the addressee/s?; What should be considered in working out arguments and personal opinions?; How to follow conventional academic styles and when to explore new developing opportunities within rapidly changing higher education structures. Attention is paid to how to create the framework for a study based on critical analysis of source material, effective use of empirical evidence, and appropriate citational practice. We will scrutinise the main text-types of academic writing (position paper, critical review, argumentation, article, book chapter, thesis section, abstract, etc.) with a view to understanding the diversity, complexity and connectedness of writing for – and making a contribution to – the academic community.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
is able to identify the stylistic, structural and argumentation features and discourse patterns of texts produced within the English-language academic community;
- has developed proficiency in (i) evaluating and editing texts in which they articulate their position, objectives and findings in appropriate academic style for a given readership and (ii) critiquing others’ scholarly work.
Miriam McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov