Academic Writing in English for ESL Learners
Improve your academic writing skills for essay writing in English
This course will equip you with the skills to write good persuasive essays in English at university level, as well as improve your critical thinking skills, argument reasoning, and use of external sources for writing in English.
Develop your academic essay writing skills to succeed at an English-speaking university
For many ESL students around the world, it can be challenging to meet the high standard expected for academic writing in English.
As writing is an essential skill in all disciplines and one of the main methods of assessments at university, these challenges can negatively impact student learning progress.
Learn how to write an essay in English using evidence and critical analysis
On this course, you’ll learn the requirements for good academic writing in English.
You’ll have the chance to improve your English writing skills through practice and develop your knowledge of argumentative essay structure and composition.
You’ll also discover how to write critically and analytically using evidence, argument reasoning, analysis and evaluation.
Build your skills in referencing and formatting for academic writing in English
As you improve and evaluate your own work as well as the work of others, you’ll learn how to use external evidence in your English essay writing and how to search for primary and secondary resources.
The final steps of the course will teach you how to format academic essays in English correctly and present your document.
Get ESL training with academic writing experts at UCL
The course is created and led with insights from the UCL Knowledge Lab and the UCL Arena Centre.
As an ESL learner, you’ll learn in an open and collaborative environment where you’ll be supported to share your experiences and resources.
Week 1: The nature of academic writing and argumentative essays
- The nature of academic writing to university students.
- Essay structure.
- Composition skills.
Week 2: Critical thinking and usage of evidence
- Argument reasoning, analysis and evaluation.
- Supporting evidence.
- Critical reflection.
Week 3: Using external resources
- Searching for evidence: primary and secondary resources.
- Documentation and formatting.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explore the main components of writing and their conventions
- Identify the nature of writing argumentative essays and their conventions
- Demonstrate the ability to write critically and analytically
- Evaluate one's own work and the work of others
- Explore a diversity of students’ backgrounds and look at how they enhance the writing experience and encourage writing practice
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for English as a second language learners and English as a foreign language learners studying in English at higher education institutions around the world.
It will also be useful for learners of English who wish to improve their academic writing skills.
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