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Title: ACADEMIC WRITING


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ACADEMIC WRITING
  • Dr. Jamba Gyeltshen (6/4/2010)
  • College of Natural Resources
  • ROYAL UNIVERSITY OF BHUTAN

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ACADEMIC WRITING ? For what?
  • As a student you need to write
  • Class assignments, Project reports, Term papers,
    Dissertations
  • As a researcher you need to write
  • Research proposals, research project reports,
    journal articles
  • As a civil servant you will need to write
  • Progress reports, project proposals, minutes of
    meetings, workshop proceedings and official
    correspondences

3
ACADEMIC WRITING ? For what?
  • Whether you are a student, research officer or a
    general civil servant, you will need to do some
    writing in your life.
  • This writing is FORMAL writing because you need
    to follow certain conventions (rules)
  • ACADEMIC WRITING is nothing but a form of FORMAL
    writing employed in the field of education.

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ACADEMIC WRITING ? For what?
  • If you learn ACADEMIC WRITING, you will be able
    to
  • 1. Write your course assignments and projects
    well and achieve academic success.
  • 2. Critically analyse others works and learn to
    synthesize information from different sources

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What you will learn during this course?
  • Principles of good writing
  • How to do a literature review?
  • Extract and synthesize relevant information
  • Citing and referencing
  • Note taking and summarizing skills
  • Reading skills and strategies
  • Writing skills
  • Conventions of Academic Writing

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PRINCIPLES OF GOOD WRITING
  • 1.   Simplicity, economy and clarity of words
  • 2.   Follow correct grammar, punctuation and
    spelling
  • 3.   Improving sentences
  • 4.   Working towards, coherence, vigor, and
    rhythm

7
SKILLS REQUIRED FOR ACADEMIC WRITING
  • Surveying material
  • Note-taking and summarizing skills
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Citing and referencing

8
Reading skills and strategies
  • Predicting
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Detailed reading
  • Guessing unknown words
  • Understanding main ideas
  • Inferring
  • Understanding text organization
  • Assessing a writers purpose
  • Evaluating a writers purpose

9
Writing skills
  • Incorporating source material
  • Dividing a text into paragraphs
  • Writing introductions and conclusions
  • Synthesizing from different sources
  • Including tables and figures
  • Layout of written work
  • Writing a bibliography
  • Revising and proof-reading
  • Commonly used abbreviations

10
What is Academic Writing?
  • Read Assignment Sheet 1

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Topic 1 Definition of Academic Writing
  •  Part A In about 3 sentences, write what
    Academic Writing means to you? (5 min)
  •  
  • Reporting You will be asked to read out your
    answer to the class.

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  • Part B You will be given a sheet of paper that
    explains what Academic Writing is all about. Read
    and identify the key points that characterize
    Academic Writing (15 min). Discuss in groups of
    five (30 min).
  •  
  • Reporting A member from each group will report
    to the whole class (5 min). Subsequent group
    representatives will either add or present the
    points that are different from the previous
    groups.

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Topic 2
  • What is a literature review? What purpose does it
    serve in Academic Writing?
  • A.  Answer the question in a sheet of paper in
    not more than 3 sentences (5 min)
  • Reporting Your answer sheet will be exchanged
    with another person. It will be read to the class
    but the anonymity of the author will be
    maintained.

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  • B.  Read the given handout (to be distributed)
    and pick up 5 main purposes and/or benefits of
    writing literature reviews and write them down
    (20 min). You will be then given another sheet of
    paper that summarizes the purpose and benefits of
    writing a literature review. Note the differences
    and ask questions.
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