The learning outcomes:
The student is expected to be able:
- to explain the key differences between writing in English for general purposes and for academic purposes;
- to choose a topic and define a potential research problem and present it in a well-developed thesis statement;
- to develop a well-structured, relevant and logical outline for their academic essay;
- to select relevant theoretical and other sources for the cosen topic, to critically read and analyse them, take notes and integrate some of its material into their own writing using appropriate referencing, which includes in-text citations and lists of references (according to the Harvard system);
- to define relevant for the topic concepts (a paragraph of definition);
- to classify data/ research findings and analyse them against relevant theoretical background (a paragraph of classification);
- to critically analyse their own writing as well as that of others according to a set criteria and to raise questions targeted at improving a piece of writing, in group and individually;
- to demonstrate understanding of plagiarism and how to avoid it.
Requirements for the successful completion of the course:
- Participation and active engagement in the classes
- Completion of all home and class assignments
- Positive evaluation in the class tests: on integrating ideas from sources into your own writing, and on referencing (in-text citations and lists of references).
- The term essay (or test) has a positive evaluation.
- Academic term essay
- If its level insufficient, a class test: (1) developing a framework for an analytical piece on a given topic, and writing an introduction and two adjoining paragraphs on the grounds of a number of articles/ theoretical pieces (to be given a day before the test);
- the work – computer processed; access to internet provided
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