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Academic Writing 3: Writing Your Thesis

Are you currently writing a thesis? You might have questions about how to write complex sentences. What vocabulary is appropriate to use for a thesis? How can you ensure that your style and choice of words help you come across in a professional manner? How can you edit your text effectively? This course will help you answer these questions and optimise your writing skills.

Classes take place on the campus of Wageningen University & Research, in the Forum building.

Target group

Academic Writing 3 is for students who are currently writing a thesis. If you are not yet writing such a text, we recommend that you take Academic Writing 2 instead.    

Course level

Academic Writing 3: B2 and up

Course content

Method:

  • You will read various academic texts and analyse the content and language use.
  • You will write several texts relating to various thesis sections.

You will receive help with:

  • Writing complex sentences.
  • Using appropriate vocabulary, academic phrases and grammar for theses.
  • Developing skills regarding planning, reviewing and editing your text.

Planning

This course consists of one class a week for 8 weeks. Each class is 1 hour and 45 minutes. You should expect to spend 2 to 3 hours on homework each week.

Dates and times

The course Academic Writing 3 is offered annually in October, February, and May. The next course starts in February 2019.

Course material

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

Certification an exam

To receive a Wageningen in'to Languages certificate, a minimum attendance of 80% is required. A diagnostic test is optional. This costs €25.

Fees

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

Prior to registration: placement test and writing assessment

This course requires a placement test and a writing assignment. Allocation in courses is based on the results of both tests, not just the placement test. Additionally, for Academic Writing 3, we require that you are currently writing your Master’s thesis. If you are not yet writing such a text, we recommend that you take Academic Writing 2 instead.
If you are writing your thesis, but you obtain an OOPT score below 70 or your writing assignment is not yet quite up to par for this course, we may recommend that you take Academic Writing 2 first.

Placement test

Academic Writing 3 requires an OOPT score of 70 or higher. Arrange an OOPT appointment through our online calendar. If you cannot attend your appointment, please call us at +31 (0) 317 48 25 52 or email us at into@wur.nl. You cannot cancel the appointment online.

Online calender

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 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.