|Module title||Reading and writing academic texts|
|Module lecturer||Bartłomiej Kruk, MA|
|Faculty||Faculty of English|
Module aim (aims)
- to further students’ appreciation of scientific research and scientific text (inclusive of the MA thesis genre) as forms of academic argument, rather than an expository or balanced ‘for-and-against’ essay, dependent on an adopted thesis and on data analysis;
- to consolidate and develop the language skills essential for constructing, drafting and revising a scientific text, also in the context of the MA project (allowing for disciplinary variation if needed);
- to teach academic text organisation in line with recommended, widely applicable rhetorical models and in keeping with the standards of BA/MA thesis organisation;
- to develop students’ ability to critically read and write sections of an academic text, and to correct them
- to teach and practise the use of ‘proper’ academic style;
- to develop and enhance students’ ability to integrate sources into their argument;
- to teach proper documentation of sources (in conformity with the stylesheet and template requirements).
Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)
- A good command of English (at least at C1 level)
- Students should be involved in conducting their own research towards completion of a graduation paper in English. Their research area should be humanities.
Week 1: Introduction to the course/ Social contextualisation of research
Week 2: Social contextualisation of research
Week 3: MA paper structure, discipline variation and rhetorical structure
Week 4: MA paper formatting and citation
Week 5: Academic vs non-academic language – vocabulary and grammar
Week 6: Academic vs non-academic language – vocabulary and grammar
Week 7: Academic style – stance and hedging
Week 8: Working with sources
Week 9: Synthesising sources
Week 10: Describing methods
Week 11: Results and discussion
Week 12: Conclusion
Week 13: Introduction
Week 14: Other genres of academic texts (e.g. article abstracts, articles, conference presentations, conference posters etc.)
Week 15: MA samples or samples of other academic texts - consultations
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- Carter, Ronald and Michael McCarthy. 2006. Cambridge grammar of English: A comprehensive guide. Spoken and written English grammar and usage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Hinkel, Eli. 2004. Teaching academic ESL writing: Practical techniques in vocabulary and grammar. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
- Hyland, Ken. 2006. English for academic purposes: An advanced resource book. London: Routledge. McPherson, Robin. 1994. University English. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne.
- Jordan, Robert R. 1997. English for academic purposes. A guide and resource book for teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- McCarthy, Michael and Felicity O’Dell. 2008. Academic vocabulary in use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- McPherson, Robin. 1994. University English. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne.
- Swales, John M. and Christine B. Feak. 2000. English in today's research world: A writing guide. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
- Swales, John M. and Christine B. Feak. 2004. Academic writing for graduate students: Essential tasks and skills. (2nd edition.) Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
- The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html
- Wallwork, Adrian. 2013a. English for academic research: Writing exercises. New York: Springer.
Wallwork, Adrien. 2013b. English for academic research: Vocabulary exercises. New York: Springer.