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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details:
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.
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