Monday, March 19, 2018

WeCWI Enterprise: Be an Academic Writer

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Course Details:
  • 14 sessions
  • 2 hours per session
  • Blended learning mode
  • Task-based assessments

Course Structure:

Session 1
  • Course orientation
  • Paraphrasing strategies
    • Synonyms (dictionary & thesaurus)
    • Active & passive forms
    • Varied sentence patterns
    • Paraphrasing strategies (nouns to verbs, adjectives to adverbs, adverbs to adjectives, order of ideas, retelling & chunking methods, making abstract ideas more concrete)
  • Task: Answer exercises 1 and 2.

Session 2

Session 3
  • Write annotated bibliographies
    • Analysing and evaluating arguments in academic texts
      • Analysing the argument: 1 & 2 (WATCH)
    • Identifying main ideassupporting details & organisational patterns in academic texts
    • Identifying author’s purpose, tone, intended audience & reasoning
  • Task: Answer exercises 12, 3 and 4.

Session 4 (blended learning mode)
  • Writing annotated bibliographies:
    • paraphrasing
    • summarising
    • types of support
    • validity, objectivity, completeness & credibility of texts
    • strengths & weaknesses of arguments
    • wide range of sentence structures & vocabulary
  • Task: 
    • Write an annotated bibliography using all strategies taught in class by answering the sample test.

Session 5
  • Employing annotation strategies:
    • analysing and evaluating arguments
    • main ideas, supporting details & organisational patterns
    • author’s purpose, tone, intended audience & reasoning
    • paraphrasing
    • summarising
    • types of support
    • validity, objectivity, completeness & credibility of texts
    • strengths & weaknesses of arguments
    • wide range of sentence structures & vocabulary
  • Preparation for annotated bibliography: 1, 2 & 3 (READ)
  • Task:
    • Answer the past year papers: 1, 2 & 3.
      • Answer keys: 1, 2 & 3

Session 6
  • Assessment:
    • Write an annotated bibliography about 250–300 words.
      • Print English-English dictionary is permitted.

Session 7
  • Prepare and present analysis of academic texts
    • Researching topics
    • Collecting relevant materials from a variety of sources
    • Writing thesis statements, main ideas, and supporting details
    • Identifying author’s tone, purpose, and intended audience in academic texts
  • Tasks:
    • Form into groups of 4 students.
    • Choose 4 articles under the 1 similar topic from different sources such as journals, books, online research papers, newspapers, and magazines.
    • Prepare a draft of an outline for analysis consisting as follows:
    • Acknowledge sources of information using in-text citations and references (APA style)

Session 8 (blended learning mode)
  • Preparation & presentation of academic text analysis
  • Task:
    • Write an outline for oral presentation including thesis statement, eight main points, supporting details with in-text citations and conclusion.

Sessions 9-10

 Session 11
  • Synthesising & integrating information from academic articles
    • Synthesis: 1 (WATCH) & 2 (READ)
    • Identifying and paraphrasing relevant supporting details with correct in-text citations
    • Synthesising information from a variety of academic articles and formulating main ideas based on the topic assigned
    • Drafting term papers based on synthesised information from articles
  • Task:
    • Prepare an outline for a written synthesis in group.

Session 12 (blended learning mode)

Session 13
  • Assessments:
    • Submit the draft of term paper (essay format) by synthesising information from the 4 articles (10% of course assessment).
    • Submit the portfolio (5% of course assessment) including:
      • Outline of article analysis
      • Poster/infographic
      • 4 articles
      • Draft of term paper

Session 14
  • Assessment:
    • Submit a term paper of about 700-800 words by synthesising information from the 4 articles (25% of course assessment)

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