Academic Writing
Academic Writing
- Writing a Research Paper
Fri. 2nd. Period Tiina Matikainen
Keywords:
Academic English, Intensive Reading, Project, Research, Vocabulary, Writing

This class will focus on the process of writing an academic research paper in English. Choosing a topic/research question, finding sources, the organization of English academic writing, citing/referencing sources, formatting, and peer editing will all be addressed. The final outcome will be an academic research paper in English.


The objective of this class is to become more familiar and comfortable with the academic
writing genre in English. Although language mechanics (e.g. grammar) will, of course, play a role, the primary focus will be on the "formula" for writing an academic paper in English. The students final product will be a research paper of about 4,000-5,000 words.

Students will:

1. improve their critical thinking skills,

2. develop their writing ability, specifically in terms of researching, organizing,                    paraphrasing, quoting, and documenting a longer, research-based writing assignment,

3. increase their awareness of the topic they choose for their research paper,

4. improve their academic vocabulary, especially in a writing context, and

5. improve their revising and editing skills.


Active Participation: 20%
Detailed Outline of Research Paper : 10%
Completion of Drafts: 30%
Final Draft of Research Paper : 40%


1

Introduction: explain syllabus and class procedures. Introduction to Academic Writing. Getting to know each other.

2

Looking at an example research paper

3

Getting Ready to Write: Topic, Reseach Questions, and Working Thesis Statement

4

Getting Ready to Write: Detailed Outline and Introduction

5

Detailed Outline Peer Review

6

Introduction Peer Review

7

Writing Workshop: Evidence/Claims and Using Sources in Your Writing

8

Peer Editing Session: Body (1st part)

9

Peer Editing Session: Body (2nd part)

10

Peer Editing Session: Body (3rd part)

11

Writing Workshop: The Conclusion and Formatting

12

Peer Editing Session: The Conclusion/Formatting

13

Peer Editing Session: Final Draft

14

Peer Editing Session: Final Draft

15

Class Wrap-up and Reflection


Note: Failure to submit required drafts during the writing process in addition to the final draft will result in a failing grade.