Introduction to Academic Writing and Language

Course overview

This course is designed for international students and other University members with little or no experience in academic writing and who want to develop basic knowledge about organising and drafting academic texts. It is also designed for those who feel they need to advance their competence in using academic language to perform satisfactorily in their written work. The course introduces basic knowledge of the organisation of ideas in common types of academic texts as well as the skills needed to communicate these effectively to the reader. It also develops competence in the use of the grammar, vocabulary, expressions, style and conventions typically used in academic writing.

Learning outcomes

  • ​​Gain essential knowledge of the organisation of ideas in common academic texts
  • Improve the organisation and expression of arguments, evidence and stance in writing
  • Develop essential skills in integrating ideas from the literature into writing
  • Use linking words and expressions to communicate effectively with the reader
  • Develop use of essential academic grammar, vocabulary and style
  • Avoid the grammatical, vocabulary and stylistic errors common to international students
  • Receive feedback on your academic writing and advice on how to continue developing it

A certificate of attendance is available upon request if you have attended at least 80% of the course

Timetable Hilary Term 2020

  Day of week and time Date of first class Date of final class
Closed Thursdays 15:00 - 17:00 30 January 2020 12 March 2020
Closed Thursdays 13:00 - 15:00 06 February 2020 19 March 2020


Enrolment Information

For Learners with an Oxford University SSO (Single Sign-On) simply click on the enrol button next to the class that you wish to join. 

For Learners without an Oxford University SSO, or who are not members of the University, please email with the following details:

  • Full name
  • Email address and phone number
  • The name of the course you wish to study
  • The start date and time of the course
  • Your connection to Oxford University, if any (to determine course fee)

We will then provisionally enrol you onto the course and send you a link to the Oxford University Online Store for payment. Once payment is received we will confirm your place on the course. 

Course structure

  • Taught in weeks 2-8 of term
  • Classes per week: 1
  • Length of class: 2 hours
  • Total hours of tuition per term: 14

Course fees


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