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Academic writing presentation

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Academic writing presentation

  1. 1. ACADEMIC WRITING WORKSHOP
  2. 2. Task One <ul><li>In small groups: </li></ul><ul><li>List what you feel are the main qualities of a good academic writer </li></ul>
  3. 3. Qualities of a good academic writer <ul><li>Has good time management </li></ul><ul><li>Understands key terminology within assignment criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Applies critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Creates an overall framework – intro, main body, conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Stuctures discussion within paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>Signposts the reader continually </li></ul><ul><li>Proofreads carefully – spelling, punctuation, grammar and layout </li></ul><ul><li>Uses Harvard referencing system consistently </li></ul><ul><li>Assumes the reader knows nothing about the subject at all </li></ul><ul><li>Writes CLEARLY </li></ul>
  4. 4. Task Two <ul><li>Now, let’s play dominoes! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Task Three <ul><li>1. In pairs, read the passage entitled ‘Reading Critically’ and answer the question which follows. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Be ready to discuss your ideas with the rest of the class. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Structuring your Discussion <ul><li>Plant a Seed </li></ul><ul><li>Make a statement </li></ul><ul><li>Expand on the statement </li></ul><ul><li>Provide evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Develop </li></ul>
  7. 7. Task Four <ul><li>In pairs, read the passage provided and identify how SEED is applied here. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Task Four - Answer <ul><li>S = The existence of Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the classroom does not in itself ensure that pupils benefit. </li></ul><ul><li>E = Consideration is needed as to how the TAs are deployed. </li></ul><ul><li>E = The DfEE (2004:24) argues that, ‘it is essential that teachers and TAs work together.’ </li></ul><ul><li>D = The best way to ensure this collaboration is to be clear about roles when planning pupils’ lessons </li></ul>
  9. 9. Signposting <ul><li>Remember – you know where you are going with your assignment – you need to signpost your reader to help him/her arrive at the same place </li></ul><ul><li>Use clear signposts to guide your tutor through your discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Never make sweeping statements </li></ul><ul><li>Always back up what you say with evidence and examples </li></ul>
  10. 10. Task Five <ul><li>In small groups, make a list of 3 signposts for each of the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing an example </li></ul><ul><li>Showing the result of something </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing an additional idea or agreeing with what has just been stated </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing an opposing or contrasting idea </li></ul>
  11. 11. Task Six <ul><li>The following is an individual task . </li></ul><ul><li>Read the ‘Dear John’ letter provided for you and insert all the punctuation that you feel this letter needs in order for it to make sense to the reader. </li></ul><ul><li>Then, think how you would feel if you received this letter. </li></ul>
  12. 12. What a difference the punctuation makes! <ul><li>VERSION ONE </li></ul><ul><li>Dear John </li></ul><ul><li>I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart. </li></ul><ul><li>I can be forever happy. Will you let me be yours? </li></ul><ul><li>Gloria </li></ul>
  13. 13. What a difference the punctuation makes! <ul><li>VERSION TWO </li></ul><ul><li>Dear John </li></ul><ul><li>I want a man who know what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior! You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. </li></ul><ul><li>When we’re apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be? </li></ul><ul><li>Yours, Gloria </li></ul>
  14. 14. Sources of Additional Help <ul><li>The Edge Ahead Centre at Learning Services, Edge Hill University </li></ul><ul><li>01695 584372 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Materials referred to during workshop: </li></ul><ul><li>* Edge Hill University Learning Services, Skills Development Edge Ahead Centre, Academic Writing Workshop publication </li></ul>

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