Key Issues in Academic Written Communication

Course Timetable Michaelmas Term 2021

  Mode of Delivery Duration Day of week and time Date of first class Date of final class
Closed for enrolment Online Weeks 2-8 Mondays 15:00 - 17:00 18 October 2021 29 November 2021
Closed for enrolment Online Weeks 2-8 Tuesdays 17:00 - 19:00 19 October 2021 30 November 2021
Closed for enrolment Online Weeks 2-8 Wednesdays 17:00 - 19:00 20 October 2021 01 December 2021
Closed for enrolment In-person Weeks 2-8 Thursdays 09:00 - 11:00 21 October 2021 02 December 2021
Closed for enrolment In-person Weeks 2-8 Thursdays 15:00 - 17:00 21 October 2021 02 December 2021
Closed for enrolment Online Weeks 2-8 Fridays 09:00 - 11:00 22 October 2021 03 December 2021

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Course overview

This course is designed for international postgraduate students who are looking to improve their writing for their degree course. Each lesson focuses on a specific aspect of academic writing that commonly presents difficulties for advanced writers. These include issues connected to conventional language patterns and collocations, verb choice, as well as stylistic differences between disciplines and genres of writing (e.g. reports vs. essays etc.). Throughout the course, students will have a chance to look at and discuss extracts from academic writing in different disciplines, while identifying and understanding the way in which the grammatical choices they make affect the meaning of their text. While this course focuses primarily on writing at a postgraduate level, undergraduate students, post-docs and visiting academics are all welcome.  

This course is our most popular Michaelmas offering, as it offers a solid basis for our Thesis and Dissertation course. Students joining the Online course will access materials and take part in seminars using Oxford’s VLE system, Canvas, and videoconferencing software. 

Learning outcomes

  • Increased awareness of the key features and conventions of academic writing  
  • Learn the importance of information order and how to link ideas
  • Be able to choose suitable tenses and express different levels of certainty in your writing 
  • Have a better understanding of the appropriate register, and expected style of writing, within the different subject areas
  • Learn to use online resources (such as concordance software) for proofreading your own work

A certificate of attendance is available upon request if you have attended at least 80% of the 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 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 classes per week: 1
  • Length of class: 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 classes throughout the week: 5
  • Length of class: 2-3 hours
  • Total hours of tuition over the week: 14

Course fees


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