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Academic Writing Skills

You have to write a paper for a research course, or you will be starting your Bachelor’s or Master's thesis this academic year. But how will you make sure that your text is structured and legible and that your style, language use, and punctuation are correct? In short: how do you submit a writing assignment or thesis that you can be proud of?

Will you start writing soon, or have you started already? Register for this course soon: it’s free for all Radboud University students in the 2023-2024 academic year.

    General

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    This courses supports you during the writing process. During the course, you will hand parts of your text for teacher and peer feedback. That is why it is crucial that you are writing a text during the course period, such as your thesis, a research proposal, or an essay.

    What will you do and learn in this course?

    • Building and improving the academic text you are currently working on, with tasks on writing skills and writing process, and regular deadlines for text parts
    • Becoming aware of your own strengths and weaknesses in writing 
    • Becoming aware of academic and field-specific genre, for example by examining texts from your own field and tasks based on extracts from articles in different fields
    • Improving your academic English and Dutch

    Target group

    This course is only aimed at Radboud University students in their third year of a Bachelor’s programme or in a (pre-)Master's programme.

    Factsheet

    Type of education
    Course

    Contact information

    Have a question? Feel free to contact us. We will be happy to help you further.

    Contact us

    024 - 361 21 59
    info [at] into.ru.nl (info[at]into[dot]ru[dot]nl)

    Content

    Genre and disciplines
     

    The writing process

    • What type of writer are you?
    • The ideal writing process
    • Making an outline
    • Structuring your text
    • Writing the first draft

    Structure

    • Text and paragraph structure
    • Coherence

    Readability

    • Conciseness
    • Information flow

    Style

    • Level of formality
    • Explicit communication
    • Use of jargon

    Well-written sentences

    • Recognising and avoiding ill-formed sentences
    • Linking
    • Punctuation

    Approach

    This course is taught according to the principles of the flipped classroom: you will study the topic of a session before it is discussed in that session. Before each session, you are expected to study online materials related to the topic of that session. Each online module will guide you through ‘readings’ (containing theory) which prepare you for subsequent ‘tasks’ (interactive exercises).

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    If you are a student at Radboud University, this course is free of charge provided you meet the 80% attendance requirement. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a charge of the course fee of 125 euro. 

    This 80% rule is strictly adhered to and Radboud in'to Languages cannot make any exceptions in this respect. Only the event of a timetable change made by Radboud University, which results in the student's compulsory lectures overlapping with the course they are taking with us, can void the 80% attendance requirement. Please contact info [at] into.ru.nl (info[at]into[dot]ru[dot]nl) if this is the case.

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    Please note:

    • You can only register if you have an IBAN number. For RU students, we ask for this in case the abovementioned requirements are not met. 
    • At the end of the registration form, it is stated that a direct debit will take place on a certain date. For RU students who meet the requirements, this does not apply to Academic Writing Skills. Please rest assured that if you attend at least 80% of the classes, the course fee won’t be charged.