This course is designed for you if you're looking to develop your academic English writing skills in order to achieve your full potential in your under- and/or post-graduate studies. You will benefit from this course whether or not you have existing experience in academia.
In this course, we explore the core skills required for each stage of the writing process, including developing a research question, reading efficiently, planning effectively, writing cohesively, referencing correctly and editing effectively.
We look specifically at writing a research paper (such as an end-of-term essay). The skills you learn through this process will be incredibly useful later on in a dissertation or thesis.
There are 15 content modules. Each module covers a component of the writing process and includes the following elements:
- Key points on the topic
- A short video lecture discussing the topic in more dept
- An interactive quiz to reinforce important concepts
- A task to complete in a personalised portfolio
- A set of thought-provoking questions to reflect on
Time wise, it should take you around 45 minutes to complete each module. However, as we're all different, you should decide how long to spend exploring each concept, depending on your existing skills and your level of interest.
You can access this course on your desktop, tablet or mobile phone. All you need is an internet connection.
By working through each module (and you can follow them in any order you like), you'll create a solid foundation to achieve your full potential in your studies. Once you have the skills to write an academic paper, you can focus on more fully on integrating your unique voice into your writing.
During my career as an English teacher, teacher trainer, lecturer and academic technology specialist in both developing and developed environments, I've become passionate about enabling access to quality education in a way that supports your unique learning process.
I've had the opportunity to work for some amazing employers, including Stanford University, The University of Hong Kong, The British Council, Open Society Foundations and the International Development Programme. I have worked in several parts of Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. This exposure has given me the chance to experience different cultures, a range of learner types, and the requirements of a range of institutions.
There's so much information 'out there' that it's intimidating. How do we know what content we can trust? What combination of information is relevant to what we need to know? And, of course, what do we do with the information we find so that we can learn from it and apply it to our own lives?
This course therefore aims to create a well-sequenced, interactive and engaging environment that not only helps you learn but leaves you with a useful resource (your personalised portfolio) that you can refer back to throughout your studies and use to advocate for yourself.