A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study
About CourseUniversity of Reading
Learn how to write using academic English in preparation for university study.
Academic writing can be very different from other types of written English. This course has been developed to help you learn the basics of academic writing and develop your English language skills.
You’ll develop some proficiency in key areas of ‘academic’ grammar, learn about the stages in essay writing, and produce an essay of your own. You’ll also explore how to organise an essay, write in an academic style, and use tools to evaluate your own writing and other learners’ writing, so that by the end of the course you’re able to write a good, basic academic essay.
What Will I Learn?
- Compare one aspect of life now with life in the past in one well-constructed paragraph
- Explore organisational structure of essays: identify and name the different sections of an essay
- Explain one aspect of your home town in one well-constructed paragraph, focussing on language accuracy
- Develop and write the first draft of your essay
- Contribute and receive feedback on first essay drafts
- Reflect on feedback received and improve your draft to create and submit a second draft of your essay
Topics for this course
Welcome to the course
Welcome to the course00:03:22
How to get the most out of this course
What is academic writing?
What do you think academic writing is?
The key features of academic writing00:01:33
Developing an essay
Read and comment on Xiao’s first attempt
What ideas would you include in this essay?
Developing essay ideas00:01:37
What ideas has Xiao included in his essay?00:00:31
The strengths and weaknesses of Xiao’s first attempt00:01:46
Examining improvements in Xiao’s second essay00:02:16
Summary of the course
Main ideas and supporting evidence exercise
Main and supporting ideas review00:01:59
After finishing this course, I was finally able to write a good, basic academic article. That's great. Thank you.
In fact, academic writing is very different from other types of written English. The best thing about this course is that it aims to help students learn basic academic writing and develop their English language skills. It's not too difficult, and it's easy to learn.
This course is very practical for me, learning to write in academic English and preparing for my college study. Great.
The lecturer Steve Thomas spoke so well, the pronunciation was so good, it was very comfortable to listen to, and the course was great.