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International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Academic Essay Writing

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The Academic Essay Writing course runs for 9 or 10 weeks and aims to give students a clear idea of how to approach writing an academic essay. As well as looking at academic conventions connected with academic writing, the classes will also introduce strategies to ensure that writing tasks are completed effectively. The course will be very practical and will involve writing practice in classes as well as some homework.

Areas covered will include:
  • Types of essay
  • Analysis of essay titles
  • Planning an argument
  • Structuring an introduction and a conclusion
  • Thesis statement development
  • Supporting arguments
  • Using and acknowledging sources
  • Text cohesion and signposting
  • Academic style and register