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Academic Writing 2: Writing Academic Documents (online course)

Are you currently writing a longer text? Your texts might not always convey the message you intend. What to write and what not to write? What is the appropriate way to address a colleague, supervisor or client? How can you ensure that your style and choice of words help you come across in a professional manner? How can you make your arguments 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 2 is for Bachelor’s and Master’s students who want to further develop their writing skills and are in need of assistance with writing longer texts. The maximum number of participants per group is 12.       

Course level

Academic Writing 2: B1-B2

Course content


  • You will read various academic texts and analyse the language they use.
  • You will write paragraphs to practice the topics discussed.
  • You will write a longer text reviewing literature related to your field.

You will receive help with:

  • Writing clear academic paragraphs.
  • Structuring paragraphs to form longer texts.
  • Developing a clear argument.
  • Integrating sources into your text.
  • Developing reading skills.


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

Start date End date Day Time
18 February 8 April Thursday 19.30-21.15

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.


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 2 requires an OOPT score of 50 to 70.
You can apply for the online OOPT by emailing us at
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.

Test completed? Please send an email to 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

Writing assessment

You will write a short essay of 250-300 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 are familiar to an educated reader not in your field, and that they are not too informal?
  • 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 that are 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.