Introduction to Academic Writing


Course code



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Course fee

UT students: €25 (registration fee), payable at registration Course materials are included.

Group size

Minimum 10 and maximum 15 participants


Qualified teacher of English as a foreign Language

Course materials

Students’ own texts. Participants are required to bring their own written texts to the workshops.

Recommended: Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (Kompas)


This course is for students who are required to write English academic essays or reports and who wish to be introduced to the key concepts of academic writing.
Participants wish to learn how to  

  • organize and structure their essays and reports
  • write cohesive paragraphs by using topic sentences, supporting sentences and concluding sentences
  • write effective introductions and conclusions
  • use signaling words to establish connections between sentences and paragraphs
  • summarize and paraphrase the opinions and ideas of others
  • prepare for writing


This course aims to guide students through the writing process to produce well-organised, adequately developed paragraphs and essays or research reports.


During the course, participants produce one text from start to end, including planning, drafting, revising, and editing. Support is offered by an experienced writing coach and by peers. The course offers

  • Awareness of genre and text type
  • Participation in discussions on the writing process
  • Writing sentences, paragraphs, essays and/or reports
  • Peer review and revising
  • Insight into common English language errors
  • Insight into the mechanics of writing
  • The language of narrative and reporting, of describing processes and interpreting data, of exemplification and of diagrams and charts

Each lesson includes a variety of topics and learning activities, both teacher directed and student initiated. Homework each week consists of a reading and writing task. Participants are allowed to use an existing assignment for their weekly writing task


Attendance at every session is essential. Active participation is expected. The course is held over six weeks, with one session per week, each session lasting two hours. Homework is compulsory and is expected to take approximately two hours each week. The study load for this course is roughly equivalent to 1 ECTS.


Participants must have an overall minimum English level of B1 to be accepted for enrolment in this course.

Further Information
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