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ONLINE SECTION: ELI 521.001 Academic Writing I


This fully online section of ELI 521: Writing for Academic Purposes I focuses on the organizational patterns and strategies graduate students must master in order to write cohesive, coherent and convincing academic papers. 

Asynchronous course structure means that you can complete assignments according to your own schedule: As long as you meet weekly deadlines, you can do your work morning, noon, or night. It is ideal for busy graduate students who may have difficulty adding a traditional course to their schedule. 

This course may be right for you if you are a first or second year graduate student who is writing extensively in English for the first time, or if you are a more advanced student who is just beginning to write. 

Course activities include:

  • 4-6 short writing assignments, each highlighting one key element of a longer academic paper, such as introductions, extended definitions, process descriptions, data analyses, and commentaries
  • Revision of written assignments based on the instructor feedback
  • Online discussions
  • Peer review
  • Online versions of textbook exercises

Note: Students are required to attend one mandatory in-person class session at the beginning of the semester. The rest of the work in this class is completed online via  Canvas, with optional face-to-face group meetings and consultations with the instructor. For more information, please contact the instructor, Katie Coleman:
(1 credit)