About a new academic writing course for second language students .
Dr. Ann Snow, writing consultant for Q: Skills for Success, Second Edition, discusses the particular challenges of writing in an academic context.
This month I will be teaching a new academic writing course for second language students at my university. I am thus thinking a lot about writing these days and looking forward to helping my students become better academic writers. I’ve promised a lot in my course proposal. I will:
- Cover characteristics of expository writing and help students apply them to their own academic disciplines;
- guide them through a cycle of awareness and analysis leading to self-assessment; expose them to different text types (e.g. problem-solutions, methods, discussion sections) and genres (e.g. critiques, case studies, literature reviews, research papers);
- help them improve their sentence and discourse-level grammar and be better proofreaders of their own writing.
In addition, I am determined to go outside the traditional boundaries of a writing…
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