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Academic writing in English

  1. Academic Writing in English for Applied Science students September 2016
  2. What type of tasks? Which products? • Vocabulary, grammar (language) related tasks • Editing (checking a text on common errors) • Paragraphing • Punctuation (commas, capitals, abbreviations) • Text analysis (the structure of a scientific article) • Writing your own text (summary of a scientific article) • Writing your ASIA executive summary
  3. How? • In a learning group of 4 students • Creating a blog (blogger, wix, weebly etc) • Placing your products on the blog • Peer feedback • Teacher feedback • Build up on your blog a portfolio of tasks • Hand in a pdf copy of your blog in electronic format
  4. Tools to create a blog • Blogger • Wix • Weebly • Wordpress • The material for this course is posted on •
  5. Resources of academic articles to be used during the course • Text bank for students of science • Online resources: • science magazine • Scientific american • Sixty symbols • Bozemanscience • Mastering biology (Pearson) • Mastering Chemistry (Pearson)
  6. Academic writing resources-vocabulary • AWL (Academic Word list) • • AWL Highlighter • • Manchester Phrase Bank • Lextutor •
  7. Academic writing resources-grammar • • Placement Tests • • Grammar Practise exercises • • Listening and speaking • • Present Tense Simple &Continuous • • Noun phrases • • • Articles • • Prepositions • •
  8. Orientation • Within your group, answer the questions below: 1. What experience do you have in the academic genre (in English or your first language)? What have you found most difficult or challenging about it? 2. Try to think of some typical features of such academic writing. Mention at least 4 features of academic writing that are not usually found in journalist text or in speeches and lectures.
  9. Perspectives on the writing process • Exploring (pre-writing activities) • Structuring (outlining the global tekst abd paragraph and sentence level) • Polishing and publishing (layout and design) • Unloading (transferring ideas to written language) • Incubating(setting aside one’s books, notebooks, computer and letting your brain work)
  10. Academic Papers: The scientific article • Abstract • Introduction • Methodology • Result • Discussion • Conclusion
  11. Reflect on the writing process • Write a paragraph of about 300 words advising a friend on how to write an academic paper. You can base your advice either on past experience or on how you imagine you might write a paper if you have never done it before. • Share the paragraph that you have written within your group and compare your texts. Try to combine the best ideas and agree on the ideal writing process. Present your ideas to the rest of the class.
  12. Reflect on the writing process • Watch part of this video (minute 5.55- to 12.00) about scientific writing and compare your answer to the information in the video. Source •