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Academic Writing 1: The Basics of Academic Writing (online course)

Do you find it difficult to write a text? Do you think your texts sometimes do not convey your message? How can you ensure that your style and choice of words are professional and that your arguments are persuasive? This online course will help you answer these questions and optimise your writing skills!

This course is taught entirely online using the Virtual Classroom in Brightspace.

Target group

Academic Writing is for Bachelor’s and Master’s students looking to improve their academic writing skills. The maximum number of participants per group is 16.

Course level

  • Academic Writing 1: B1

Course content

Method:

  • You will read various academic texts and analyse the language they use.
  • You will write short texts to practice the topics discussed.
  • You will write one longer text on a topic relevant to your field.

You will receive help with:

  • Writing good sentences.
  • Building paragraphs.
  • Using academic words and phrases.
  • Adding references to your text.
  • Developing reading skills.

After completing Academic Writing 1, you can continue on to Academic Writing 2.

Planning

This course includes 8 online classes, one per week. Each class is 1 hour and 45 minutes. Next to that, you should expect to spend 2 to 3 hours on homework each week.

Dates and times

The course Academic Writing 1 is offered annually in January, April and at the end of September/beginning of October.

Does the registration page not list any dates yet?

Please use this form to indicate your interest, so we can keep you informed of new starting dates.

Course material

Participants will have access to Brightspace, where all the required materials will be available.

Certification and exam

To receive a Wageningen in'to Languages certificate, a minimum attendance of 80% is required.

Fees

BSc/MSc WUR Students € 60
WUR Employees € 250
Regular fee € 275

Prior to registration: placement test and writing assessment

All our Academic Writing courses require a placement test and a writing assignment. Allocation in courses is based on the results of both tests, not just the placement test.

Placement test

Academic Writing 1 requires an OOPT score of 40 to 50.
You can apply for the online OOPT by emailing us at into@wur.nl.
You will then receive an email containing a login code and an explanation of the test. You can take the test when it suits you. We advise you, however, to do so at your earliest opportunity. Tip: Make sure you are able to take the test without being disturbed. The test lasts a maximum of 80 minutes. It is not possible to pause the test and finish it at a later time.
The test contains a listening component. Please use good headphones or speakers to listen to the audio fragments.

Results
Test completed? Please send an email to into@wur.nl so we can share your results with you. If you have any questions about this test, you can reach us via + 31 (0) 317 48 25 52 or into@wur.nl.

Writing assessment

You will write a short essay of 150-250 words on a topic related to your field of study. Be sure to structure your essay and use accurate and appropriate language so that your text flows from one idea to the next.

Tips for the writing assessment

Before sending in your text, read your draft and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does your text have a clear introduction and conclusion?
  • Have you used either blocked paragraphs or indented ones?
  • Have you checked your word choice to make sure the words/phrases ar not too informal and are familiar to an educated reader who is not from your field?
  • Have you met the word count requirements (in this case, 300 words max.)?
  • Have you checked the spelling using the spelling checker?
  • Have you checked for sentences that are either too long or incomplete?

Please upload your assignment using the form on the righthand side of this page. Our teachers will grade your assignment and place you in either Academic Writing 1, 2 or 3.

Your registration cannot be confirmed without the results from the placement test and the writing assignment.