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  • 1. Academic Writing Prof. Vivian B. Margutti Faculdade de Letras/UFMG
  • 2. What is Academic Writing?
    • Academic Writing is done by scholars for scholars. It includes reading, thinking, arguing and writing according to academic parameters.
    • Writing: an important communication skill in college.
  • 3. The Academic Writing Situation
    • Audience: primarily the professor
    • Occasion/context: an assignment
    • Message: what was learnt or the interpretation gained from a study.
    • Purpose: to show what was learnt and get a good grade.
    • Genre: type of document used (the essay is the most frequently used).
  • 4. Types of Academic Writing
  • 5. TASK 1: Profile & Biodata
    • Audience: the professor, other scholars, students, world wide web
    • Occasion/context: an assignment
    • Message: personal, professional and academic information
  • 6.
    • 4. Purpose: to experience the collaborative writing process and get a good grade.
    • 5. Genre: mixed
    • 7. Style: more formal
    • 8. Length: no more than one paragraph
    • 9. Image: picture of student’s face
  • 7. Writing: a process
  • 8. Collaborative Work
  • 9. Assessment Criteria: Profile & Biodata
    • How well written was the first draft?
    • How relevant were peer editing suggestions?
    • Was the second draft better than the first?
    • How much was the text improved in the final version?
    • Is the photo adequate for publishing online?
  • 10. ROUND TABLE: Writing the Profile & Biodata
    • What was your writing experience like?
    • Do you think you used adequate language, structure and content?
    • Is the photo you chose appropriate?
  • 11. Peer editing
    • Talk about your experience with editing.
    • Did you find it difficult to comment on a colleague’s work?
    • What did you consider when you revised your peer’s profile?
    • Do you think your suggestions enriched the text you edited?
  • 12. Bibliography
    • JORDAN, R. R. Academic Writing Course: Study Skills in English. Pearson Education: England, 1999.
    • MURRAY, D. Write to learn. CBS College Publishing. 1984.
    • ZEMLIANSKY, Pavel, LOWE, Charles (ed.). Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing . Vol 1 & 2. Indiana: Parlour Press, 2010.
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