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Editing and Style for International and Multilingual Students

(second half-term, 1 credit, graded, not repeatable for credit)

This course is designed for international and multilingual students to practice English academic and professional writing in a supportive environment. This course runs on a discussion and workshop format, in which students explore the rhetorical effectiveness of stylistic elements commonly found in American academic and professional writing. To achieve this goal, students will participate in an online core grammar program, practice fundamental editing strategies, read exemplary essays and discuss their stylistic features. In each class, students will work individually on editing exercises and collaboratively in stylistic discussions. Students will have a chance to bring their own essays and editing questions to workshops with their classmates and the instructor. Additionally, students will identify and practice styles of writing in different contexts, such as writing in science, business, and psychology. 

Course objectives:

  • Practice core grammatical principles in English academic writing: verbs, sentences, pronouns, possessives, precision, and punctuation.
  • Develop self-editing strategies in key areas: actions, characters, cohesion, coherence, emphasis, motivation, concision, and shape.
  • Increase knowledge about editing and style in disciplinary and cultural contexts.
  • Identify stylistic differences and apply appropriate styles to writing in different disciplines and contexts. 

Course requirements:

  • Core grammar exercises
  • Essay editing exercises
  • Short stylistic reflection essays
  • Collaborative presentation on style and editing