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Academic writing


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Academic writing

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