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学术英语写作 Academic Writing. Let’s get to know each other… –Major –Interests –Career outlook –Learning aim –Expectations: course, teacher, self

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  • Academic Writing

  • Lets get to know each otherMajor InterestsCareer outlookLearning aimExpectations: course, teacher, self

  • Why academic writing?TerminologyAcademic EnglishWriting definedStatus quo of college students writing proficiencyNo systematic learning.Depressingly low proficiency

  • Benefits Writing makes an exact man.Output-driven second language learning: Practical purposesExams Employment Certificate

  • InputReadingtextbooksNewspapers & Magazines: online versions (New York times; Washington Post; Wallstreet Journal; the Economist; Readers Digest etc. )Novels: bestsellers (The Audacity of Hope; A thousand splendid suns; Sophies world etc. ) and classic readings (essays; Jane Eyre; Pride and Prejudice etc.)

  • Vocabulary How many words do I need?The basics of vocabulary Accuracy: ; oldster; ameliorateVariety: synonymsAffixation: sightWord bankNatural disastersDiseasesPersonality descriptionPhrases/ Idioms: hold water; fall flat

  • SentenceGrammaticalityIdiomaticity/naturalnessLearn from writing and reading

  • Output Speaking: priorityPresentationGroup discussionRole playDebateWriting Translation

  • Syllabus Lecture 1: IntroLecture 2: The writing ProcessLecture 3: Paragraph SkillsLecture 4: Stating ThesisLecture 5: Body ParagraphsLecture 6: Beginnings & EndingsLecture 7: Effective Sentences & Word useLecture 8: Drafting & RevisingLecture 9: exemplificationLecture 10: Cause & EffectLecture 11: Comparison & Contrast Lecture 12: DefinitionLecture 13: Division & Classification Lecture 14: ArgumentationLecture 15: Summary WritingLecture 16: Review: article, book, filmLecture 17: Writing for Exams

  • Readings Textbook College Writing Skills with Readings (6th edition)Recommended Readings About Language: A Reader for WritersWriting Analytically (5th edition)Steps to Writing Well (8th edition)The generation of ideas: a thematic reader

  • Requirements Attendance Participation Journal AssignmentsFinal


  • Journal Why?How?No less than 150 words each. What to write?How to submit?

  • AssignmentsHow many?When to write?How to submit?How to score?language+content+mechanics+organizationFeedback & Revising

  • Plagiarism What is plagiarism?Plagiarism is the improper borrowing of another person's words, ideas, or methods. If you use another person's material, you must acknowledge your source. When you cite a source properly, you have given credit where it is due, and you have also given your readers a way to locate the original material on their own.What is wrong with plagiarism?Plagiarism is a direct violation of academic code: whether you borrow a single idea, a sentence, or an entire essay, if you pass someone else's work off as your own, you risk expulsion. Also, plagiarism undermines the work you are doing as a student.

  • So your final score is determined by:Assignments (40%)Final exam (40%)Other (20%)

  • *Teaching philosophyTell me and I forget.

    Teach me and I remember.

    Involve me and I learn.

  • The Basics of Reading & Writing an EssayQuestions to ask: What is the topic?What is the purpose?Who is the audience?What is the thesis or central idea?What evidence supports the thesis?How are the ideas organized?What do the ideas mean?

  • Thesis Direction of developmentIntroduction Thesis statementSupport Conclusion

  • 1-3-1 essayAn appealing introductionA solidly developed bodyA well-rounded conclusionAnalyze the model essay

  • The writing process Prewriting: readiness stageDrafting and organizing: exploratory stageRewriting: revising and editing

  • Smart thinking Be criticalCritical thinking helps you go beyond learning facts to discover what the facts mean and how you can apply the informationCritical thinking is logical, analytical, conscious, purposeful, active, and self-reflective thinking.

  • Critical thinking in writing Find a purpose for writing Define your audiences characteristicsWrite an outline for your paperChoose an organizational pattern to arrange your ideasAnalyze your topic from all sidesReflect on what you have written and on ways to improve it.

  • Be creativeImaginative, inventive, open-minded, risk-taking, observant, inquisitive Creative thinking in writing:Choose a topic that challenges your thinkingQuestion your assumptions and be open to changeWrite an intro that engages your readersSelect words to create vivid imagesImagine yourself in the audience to better understand their needs

  • Topic 1It is said that work is the most important thing of people's life. Without the success of career, life will become meaningless. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the opinion

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