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A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study

  • Categories Languages
  • Duration 16h
  • Total Enrolled 4
  • Last Update November 17, 2023

About Course

University 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.

Who will you learn with?

Brian Turner

I’m an English for Academic Purposes teacher & materials developer at the University of Reading. My research interest is different modes of thought & reasoning across different language & cultures.


Steve Thomas

I am the Director of the Academic English Programme at University of Reading, helping international students to achieve their full academic potential.



Jonathan Smith

I’m Associate Professor in Technology-enhanced Learning at the University of Reading. I also teach on pre-sessional courses in English language and study skills.



Who developed the course?

University of Reading

The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.

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

13 Lessons16h

Welcome to the course?

Hello and welcome to A Beginner's Guide to Writing in English for University Study! Find out more about what we'll cover over the next five weeks and how you'll learn.
Welcome to the course00:03:22
How to get the most out of this course

What is academic writing??

Find out more about what academic writing is and the skills required to write well for academic purposes.

Developing an essay?

Time to have a go at some academic writing. We'll look at an example of some academic writing and see how we might approach writing an essay.

Summary of the course?

Time to look back on what we have learnt this course and put it all together.

Student Feedback


Total 4 Ratings

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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.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is aimed at non-English speakers who have studied some English. You should have a minimum level of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent.