Academic Writing Made Easy

  • English
  • Online/Distance
  • October 2021- January 2022
  • 8 weeks
  • 42 €, Discounts available

Academic Writing Made Easy – How to improve your academic writing step by step

This MOOC takes you through the basics of academic writing step by step. From structuring and organising an academic text to avoiding common pitfalls that can negatively affect your credibility, this 6-week course offers a guide for those who want to improve their writing. It looks at various components that will make your academic writing stand out for all the right reasons, including paragraphing, style, tone, paraphrasing and punctuation. Using samples of student writing it also gives you tips on what to avoid and explains why. Each week is comprised of video lessons, followed by exercises and peer-review tasks, taking you through various aspects of academic writing.

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Why this program?

As researchers, scientists, professors and students, our jobs significantly rely on our ability to explain our ideas to others. Whether it is a grant proposal, a research paper, a motivation letter or a thesis, an impactful and clear text is guaranteed to open more doors for you. Therefore, this program aims to teach the principles of effective communication to help anyone working with the English language. The program not only offers a holistic view on improving the structure, style and cohesion of a text, but also focuses on the smaller details like punctuation, paragraphing, vocabulary and much more. This makes our program useful for non-academics as well, because these rules can be extrapolated to suit other kinds of writing. So whether you are an aspiring researcher or a blooming blogger, this course provides valuable insights to help you refine your writing.

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Details

  • Provider: TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning
  • Certificate: After successful completion of the final exam, you will receive a certificate from the Technical University of Munich
  • Target Group: This course primarily focuses on academics but is not limited to them. The basic objective is to help learners identify the rules of effective communication and apply them to their writing. Even though these rules are especially useful in academic settings, they can be applied in other areas just as well. Therefore, our course has something to offer to a wide range of learners including writers working on their drafts, professors designing their courses, students filling their college applications, managers finalising their annual reports, mothers returning to college, internees aiming for a promotion and many more.
  • Access requirements: The course requires upper-intermediate (B2) to advanced English (C1).
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • Dates: The course is self-paced. The enrollment is possible any time from October 2021 until January 2022.
  • Format: Online, self-paced
  • Program fee: Attendance of the course free of charge, optional 42 € certificate fee

*Based on our experience, the German tax benefits help many of our participants to self-finance their education as these can be worth of up to 50% of tuition fees and program related travel costs. Please, consult your personal tax advisor for more details. For participants of our programs residing outside Germany this might be applicable, please check the situation with the local tax authorities in your country of residence.

Content

Week 1 Rhetorical Preferences: Meeting the expectations of your target group

Week 2 Genre: Differentiating between types of scholarly texts

Week 3 Cohesion: Making your ideas flow logically

Week 4 Sentences: Writing reader-friendly sentences

Week 5 Credibility: Convincing your peers to accept and believe what you write

Week 6 Punctuation: Polishing your text

Putting it all together: Overcoming the last hurdles

OUR LECTURERS

  • Dr. Heidi Minning, English Lecturer at Technical University of Munich
  • Jeremiah Hendren, ProLehre | Media and Didactics at Technical University of Munich
  • Dr. Stephen Starck, English Lecturer at Technical University of Munich
  • Dr. Aparna Bhar, English Lecturer at Technical University of Munich
  • Susan O’Byrne, English Lecturer at Technical University of Munich
  • Rose Jacobs, English Lecturer / Coordinator of the English Writing Center at Technical University of Munich
  • Ruth Shannon, Coordinator of English Writing Center, English Lecturer at Technical University of Munich
  • Elizabeth Hamzi-Schmidt, English Lecturer / Coach WZW at Technical University of Munich
  • Tina Schrier, English Lecturer / Coach GAR at Technical University of Munich

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