Academic Writing in English for students – The Basics

Level: Intermediate (B1/B2), Advanced (C1/C2)

Are you pursuing your bachelor’s degree or preparing yourself to do so? If you answered yes then you know that having excellent academic writing skills is essential for being successful. This course will help you to write better academic essays in English by providing you with the necessary tools.


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Starting from 10 February 2020

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About this course

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In this course, you will expand your vocabulary and improve your writing skills. This course aims to further develop your academic writing skills helping you to gain insights into what constitutes an excellent academic essay.

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Learning goals

This course aims to further develop your academic writing skills helping you to gain insights into what constitutes an excellent academic essay. Moreover, you will get the chance to produce your own written material and get appropriate and constructive feedback on the work you deliver.

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During this course there will be individual assignments, but we will also be working in pairs, small groups or in plenary.

Subjects that will be covered include:
  • grammatical structures
  • academic vocabulary
  • punctuation
  • signalling words
  • types of essays and their organisation
  • paraphrasing and style

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Time Investment

This course consists of 9 sessions at Babel in Utrecht. The advised self-study load is 2-3 hours a week.

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  • The language of instruction is English.
  • You will be working with a book. You can order all books required for the course on our special book page. Please ensure you bring your books to the first session.
  • Active participation is preferred during the course meetings and ample time for self-study, preferably spread out evenly over the week. You will receive a certificate of participation if you attend at least 80% of the meetings.
  • If you work or study at Utrecht University you will receive a 15% discount. Please register with your UU email address. Your registration will then be processed automatically.
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  • Starting date: 10 February 2020
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  • Starting date: 12 February 2020
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    Wednesday26 February 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday4 March 202018:0019:45
    Wednesday11 March 202018:0019:45
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  • Starting date: 20 April 2020
    Monday20 April 202020:0021:45
    Monday4 May 202020:0021:45
    Monday11 May 202020:0021:45
    Monday18 May 202020:0021:45
    Monday25 May 202020:0021:45
    Monday8 June 202020:0021:45

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  • Starting date: 23 April 2020
    Thursday23 April 202013:1515:00
    Thursday30 April 202013:1515:00
    Thursday7 May 202013:1515:00
    Thursday14 May 202013:1515:00
    Thursday28 May 202013:1515:00
    Thursday4 June 202013:1515:00

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