Academic English (EAS1040)
|Staff||Professor Jason Hall - |
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
Academic English uses lectures, seminar discussions and a variety of practical writing exercises to teach you the fundamentals of essay writing for the discipline of English literary studies. You will learn how to write a compelling thesis statement to express your essay’s argument, how to structure unified and well-developed paragraphs, how to write clear sentences, how to use punctuation correctly, how to format essays and how to reference using the MLA system of in-text citations with a list of Works Cited. Over the course of the module you will write frequently and have opportunities to develop your skills through formative and summative assessments. While the focus of the module is on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of academic writing, you will learn these elements in relation to the analysis of set literary texts. The module aims to give you to skills and techniques that will underpin your writing over the course of your degree.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate an awareness of the conventions and practices of writing about English literature at undergraduate level.
- 2. Demonstrate enhanced skills in essay writing) through focused writing exercises.
- 3. Demonstrate an understanding of basic sentences, paragraphs, essay structure, as well as of grammar and punctuation errors that can undermine good writing.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Demonstrate a firm understanding of the MLA citation system.
- 5. Demonstrate an ability to compose argumentative essays on literary texts and topics, with the necessary evidence and examples
- 6. Demonstrate an ability to apply key research and writing skills appropriately in relation to different projects.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Through essay-writing, demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographical skills, a capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument and a capacity to write clear and correct prose.
- 8. Through research for seminars and essays, demonstrate a proficiency in information retrieval and analysis.
- 9. Through seminar discussion and essay writing, demonstrate a capacity for critical thinking, including the questioning of your own and others assumptions, and a willingness to engage with different philosophical viewpoints.
You will learn the techniques of strong essay writing and apply these skills to the analysis of set literary texts.
Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:
- correct citation formulation
- successful introductions and conclusions
- practical criticism
- choosing and building evidence, assessing and deploying secondary criticism
- the basics of written grammar and punctuation
Set literary reading will be selected by individual seminar tutors and will be available on ELE.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||16.5||11 x 1.5-hour seminars|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||9||9 x 1-hour lectures|
|Guided Independent Learning||93.5||Proposal planning and essay preparation|
|Guided Independent Learning||31||Seminar preparation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Short Writing||7 x 500-word formative pieces of writing||1-9||Written and oral|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Revision of one piece of formative writing||15||c. 750 words||1-9||Feedback sheet with opportunity for office hours follow-up|
|Portfolio||70||2000 words||1-9||Feedback sheet with opportunity for office hours follow-up|
|Module Participation||10||Ongoing||1-5, 9||Ongoing|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Formative Writing Revision||Formative Writing Revision||1-9||Referral/deferral period|
|Module Participation||Repeat Study/Mitigation||1-5, 9||N/a|
Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.
Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
The core reading will be set by individual tutors, but seminar leaders must discuss:
- at least one model student essay (from previous years’ students)
- at least one professional critical essay
- not more than one novel-length work
Secondary Reading (a selection)
- Glenn, Cheryl, et al. Hodges’ Harbrace Handbook. 18th ed. Cengage Learning, 2013.
- Abrams, M.H., with Geoffrey Harpham. A Glossary of Literary Terms. Ninth ed. Boston: Wadsworth, 2008.
- Babington, Doug, and Don Le Pan. The Broadview Guide to Writing, 5th ed. Buffalo: Broadview, 2010.
- Copus, Julia. Brilliant Writing Tips for Students. London: Palgrave, 2009.
- Felski, Rita. Uses of Literature. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.
- Stebbins, Leslie. Student Guide to Research in the Digital Age: How to Locate and Evaluate Information Sources. Libraries Unlimited, 2005.
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
- ELE: https://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=11520
- A digital collection of previous first-year student essays
Available as distance learning?
Last revision date
Key words search
Academic writing, writing skill, research skills, essay writing