Writing is an educated skill. We usually write in our daily life but when it comes to academic writing, it has proved quite different even for the students from English-Speaking countries. The most important academic writing is thesis/dissertation which is the benchmark for evaluating one’s academic achievement in postgraduate levels and even his/her future professional career. Thus, learning how to handle such related issues as choosing an appropriate topic, structure, style, language, citations, and psychological factors such as self-confidence can be critical when writing academic writing.
This course aims to make the participants aware of the strategies and techniques to hunt a researchable topic, the detailed design of a thesis/dissertation, appropriate writing style and conventions, proper language, citation rules and norms with the hope to foster their self-confidence to end up their study with a well-researched piece of work.
Mastering Research & Academic Writing course is designed to develop your mastery in research principles and methodology as well as academic writing skills and strategies in English. Our global aims encompass cultivating literacies necessary for conducting a research project, either a journal article, a research proposal, or thesis/dissertation, or successful written communication in the field of ELT. Although the primary aim of this course involves helping you build your proficiency in research principles and confidence as a writer of academic papers in ELT, it also gives you opportunities for presenting in conferences and getting published in prestigious journals.
In this course, we will read, discuss, and write about popular and professional textbooks related to our field. By reading assigned materials and preparing for class, participating actively in classroom tasks, and completing assignments, you will be able to:
- Refresh your knowledge on the fundamentals of research methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods)
- Question and critique text content, rhetorical structure, and authors’ purposes;
- Apply genre awareness by understanding texts, contexts, and the roles of readers and writers;
- Gather reliable and useful information for writing by conducting effective searches;
- Summarize, paraphrase, and quote effectively from authoritative sources;
- Demonstrate efficient planning, drafting, revision, and editing strategies;
- Reproduce selected scientific and professional genres, including texts, summaries, abstracts, and critical reviews;
- Provide helpful feedback to fellow writers on their developing texts.
We will devote our class sessions to a variety of tasks and activity types designed to develop your academic literacy skills. Class activities will include a combination of instructor- and student-led discussions, reading strategy practice, writing strategy practice, peer response sessions in the moodle, instructor presentations, and grammar and vocabulary check-ins.
8 weeks (15 Sessions Sync + 30 Hours Async)
COURSE START DATE:
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 (Dey 23, 1399)