Writing Academic Texts

Writing Academic Texts: A Process-oriented Course

- Optionalbereich, 5 Credit Points -

Aim of the course

This course aims at enabling students to approach academic writing from a process-oriented perspective. The emphasis of this course is on the writing process as well as on the specifics of writing academic texts in English as a second language. Aspects that are going to be a part of the course include:

  • finding a suitable topic
  • developing a research question/thesis
  • finding and working with reading material / research literature
  • structuring and reflecting the writing process
  • developing strategies for reading and writing in English (as a second language)
  • working with the Academic Phrase Bank
  • common academic text genres

Writing exercises and writing assignments are going to be an integral part of the course.
Students are introduced to different approaches for the writing of academic texts in English and will try out different techniques and strategies that help them to structure and reflect their own individual writing process. Moreover, students will learn how to use resources like e.g. the Academic Phrase Bank with purpose.

Final Grade & Examination

The final grade consists of regular attendance and active participation in the course, homework/writing assignments and a portfolio.

The portfolio is to be handed in by 31 August 2018.

Sessions this summer semester

Obligatory preliminary meeting:
Friday 23 March 2018, 10am to 12pm at SH 1/187
(or by individual appointment)

13 April 2018, 10 am – 4pm at SH 1/172
27 April, 2018, 10am – 4pm at SH 1/172
11 May 2018, 10am – 4pm at SH 1/172
25 May 2018, 10am – 4pm at SH 1/172
8 June 2018, 10am – 4pm at SH 1/172
22 June 2018, 10am – 4pm at SH 1/172
6 July 2018, 10am – 4pm at NABF 03/290
20 July 2018, 10am – 4pm at NABF 03/290


In order to register for the course, please write an e-mail (including the course, your name, matriculation number) to: schreibzentrum@rub.de