Course Syllabus

10 sessions


Phan Thị Vân Thanh
Ph.D, Texas Tech University


1A Hoang Dieu, Ward 10, Phu Nhuan, HCMC   View map


Analytical Tools , MAE

The course sets out to provide learners with an opportunity to enhance their English academic writing. Specifically, learners will be able to: produce a long piece of writing that is well organised; structure different types of academic essays appropriately; express complex ideas coherently; understand and accurately use academic writing conventions; follow a formal style of writing; and increase the range of academic vocabulary in their writing.

By the end of the course, learners should be able to

  1. write a well-structured paragraph
  2. write a well-structured essay/assignment
  3. write cohesively and coherently in an academic style
  4. acknowledge different sources by quoting, paraphrasing, summarising, and referencing
  5. use academic vocabulary in their writing

Session 1: The writing process 1.1 to 1.8

Session 2: The writing process 1.9 to 1.16

Session 3: Elements of writing 2.1 to 2.8

Session 4: Elements of writing 2.9 to 2.16

Session 5: Accuracy in writing 3.1 to 3.8

Session 6: Accuracy in writing 3.9 to 3.16

Session 7: Accuracy in writing 3.17 to 3.23

Session 8: Midterm (in class)

Session 9: Writing models 4.1 to 4.6

Session 10: Revision – Final Assignment (take-home)

The course will be assessed by class participation, mid-course and end-of-course assignments:

  • Class participation, homework and attendance: 20%
  • Mid-course assignment: 30%
  • End-of-course assignment: 50%


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  • Oshima, A. and Hogue, A. (1997). Introduction to Academic Writing: Second Edition. New York: Longman.
  • Oshima, A. and Hogue, A. (1999). Introduction to Academic Writing: Third Edition. New York: Longman.
  • Jordan, R. R. (2003). Academic Writing Course. Harlow: Longman.

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