Introduction to Academic Writing and Language (Online)

Intensive Course Timetable Michaelmas Term 2020

  Course Duration Day of week and time Date of first class Date of final class
ENROL Week 9 Intensive course One week Monday to Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 and Friday 13:00 - 15:00 Monday 7 December 2020 Friday 11 December 2020

 

Course Timetable Hilary Term 2021

  Duration Day of week and time Date of first class Date of final class
ENROL Weeks 2-8 Tuesdays 17:00 - 19:00 26 January 2021 09 March 2021
ENROL Weeks 2-8 Thursdays 15:00 - 17:00 28 January 2021 11 March 2021

 

Course overview

This course is designed for international students and other University members, with little or no experience in academic writing, who want to develop their basic  knowledge of English syntax and academic writing. It is also designed for those who feel they need to advance their competence in using academic language to perform satisfactorily in their written course work. 

The programme introduces a foundational understanding of the organisation of ideas in common types of academic texts, as well as the skills needed to communicate effectively to the reader. It also looks to develop their competence in the use of the grammar, vocabulary, expressions, style and conventions typically used in academic writing at Oxford. 

This course is online - students will access materials and take part in seminars using Oxford’s VLE system, Canvas, and videoconferencing software. 

Learning outcomes

  • Develop essential knowledge of the organisation of ideas in common academic texts (e.g. essays, reports, dissertations, publications) 
  • Improve the organisation and expression of arguments, evidence and stance in writing 
  • Develop essential skills to integrate ideas from the literature into the student’s 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 their academic writing and advice on how to continue to develop throughout their degree course 

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 admin@lang.ox.ac.uk 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
  • Number of online seminars per week: 1
  • Length of online class: 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Individual feedback and one to one tutor support is available

Intensive course structure


  • One week intensive course
  • Taught in week 9 of term (Monday - Friday)
  • Number of online seminars throughout the week: 5
  • Length of online seminars: 2-3 hours
  • Total hours of tuition over the week: 14

Course fees


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