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An Intermediate Guide to Writing in English for University Study

  • Categories Languages
  • Duration 14h
  • Total Enrolled 5
  • Last Update November 17, 2023

About Course

University of Reading


Develop the English skills required for extended writing projects and essays.

On this course you will expand your academic English skills and learn the necessary extended writing and research skills for producing a thorough and high standard extended essay.

You’ll get an introduction to research tools, writing critically and referencing, as well as learning more about the fundamentals like essay structure, proofreading and avoiding plagiarism.

Whether you’re a prospective undergraduate or postgraduate, or are currently undertaking university-level study – this course will build on your ability to research, write and reference essays and extended writing projects.

Who will you learn with?

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.



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.



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?

  • Assess the difference between academic writing and other types of writing
  • Identify the different features of an academic essay
  • Identify appropriate search systems to find reading texts relevant to your topic area
  • Apply critical reading skills to analyse and evaluate an academic text
  • Explain why most academic texts are organised into paragraphs
  • Produce a well-organised, coherent paragraph as part of an academic essay
  • Identify information from source materials and texts to include in your writing according to the appropriate academic conventions of referencing

Topics for this course

15 Lessons14h

Welcome to the course?

Meet the team and learn more about what you will cover this Week.
Welcome to the course00:02:59
What is academic writing?

What is academic writing?

What key features distinguish academic writing from other styles of writing?

Different essay structures?

How does the purpose of your essay relate to the structure?

Analysing the essay question?

Explore how to analyse the essay question to help you develop the most effective structure for your essay.

Language focus: Identifying a word class?

Learn more about different language skills used in academic writing.

Student Feedback


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This Course is amazing! The Prof. Smith is just 'Great'. Jonathan Smith is best Prof. ever! I love this course and i love the professor Smithl.

I'm writing a paper on an English project. This course helps me a lot. I hope to find out more about this type of course.

This course has taught me to enhance my research abilities, which belong to writing and reference papers and extended writing projects. B: It's not bad. I will recommend other students to have a look.

From this teacher, I learned more basic Knowledge of English, such as paper structure, proofreading and avoiding plagiarism.

In this course I developed my academic English skills and learned the necessary extension of writing and research skills. This course is too practical.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is aimed at anyone interested in undertaking academic study in English, but it may be of particular interest to international students. You will require an IELTS English level of 5.5 and above.