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ELI 521: Writing for Academic Purposes I

This course focuses on the organizational patterns and strategies graduate students must master in order to write cohesive and coherent academic papers. Course topics include:

  • Author positioning in academic writing
  • Audience and writing purpose and how these can impact style, flow, and presentation
  • Analysis of different text-types and how these are related to specific disciplines

Participants write short assignments, each highlighting one key element of a longer academic paper: e.g., introductions, extended definitions, process descriptions, and data analyses and commentaries. Revision of written assignments based on the instructor feedback is required.  Through the revision process, students develop an understanding of how to write and edit their own papers more critically and better understand when revisions are often needed.

(1 credit)