English for Academic Purposes
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Thesis Writing Courses
There are two writing course options for MPhil/Phd students:
Option A is a 34-hour taught course. Participants should be registered on an MPhil/PhD course, be in the first year of their course and have yet to start the upgrading / transfer process.
Option B consists of 5 individual tutorials, each for one UCL 'teaching hour' of 50 minutes (i.e. starting at five minutes past the hour and finishing at 5 minutes to the next hour). Participants should have successfully passed their upgrading/transfer and should be starting the third year of full-time study (fourth year of part-time study). Participants will preferably have completed Thesis Writing Option A.
Application. Students applying for Graduate School funding should complete both parts of the application form (including pages 3 and 4 for the Graduate School) in order to reserve their place on the course.
Days Times and Dates 8.5 weeks of 4 hours per week
Term 1: Monday 09:00-11:00 & Wednesday 09:00-11:00 OR Monday 13:00-15:00 & Wednesday 13:00-15:00
Week commencing 15 October 2012 – week ending 14 December 2012
Term 2: Monday 09:00-11:00 & Wednesday 09:00-11:00 OR Monday 13:00-15:00 & Wednesday 13:00-15:00
Week commencing 21 January 2013 – week ending 22 March 2013
Term 3: Tuesday 09:00-11:00 & Thursday 09:00-11:00 OR Tuesday 13:00-15:00 & Thursday 13:00-15:00
Week commencing 29 April 2013 – week commencing 1 July 2013
Option B: Days Times and Dates to be arranged between participant and allocated tutor
Costs (per term):
|UCL £480 Other £600||UCL £350 Other £400|
Course descriptions for Options A and B
Course for students registered on an MPhil/PhD course who require help with academic writing. There is a maximum of 12 participants per class.
- to develop awareness of the theory and conventions of academic writing
- to analyse the sequence of information in essays and chapters of a PhD thesis
- to encourage students to develop their writing skills through guided practice and weekly tutor feedback
Each group is taught over one term for 34 hours. This consists of twice-weekly two- hour classes over a period of 8.5 weeks. Please note that courses continue during UCL Reading Weeks.
Option A is organised as follows, though some changes in content and timing may be made in order to reflect the exact needs of the students on the course (for example, fewer or additional topics may be covered).
- Paragraph structure/ Unity and Coherence
- Essay structure
- Introductory and Concluding paragraphs
- The stages in an introductory chapter
- Literature Review
- Methods and Materials
- Sentence structures and punctuation
Homework is an integral part of the course. Students will also be encouraged to produce short pieces of continuous writing. This writing will be marked using a marking code (see below) from which the students will self-correct. Detailed comments will also be provided. Each class starts with a discussion on homework to further critical thinking. There is no final examination or assessment. Tutors will not be able to help with ongoing work which has not yet been submitted.
The two books used in the course are:
- Oshima, A & A Hogue (2006) Writing Academic English. Harlow: Pearson Longman
- Weissberg, R & S Buker (1990) Writing up Research: Experimental Report Research Writing for Students of English. New Jersey: Prentice Hall Regents
Participants are expected to come to the first class with Oshima and Hogue, Writing Academic English (2006)
Guidance for the MPhil/PhD upgrade:
Guidance for writing PhD theses:
Course for students registered on an MPhil/PhD and who have successfully passed their upgrading/transfer. The course consists of 5 individual tutorials arranged over a period of 12 months at times convenient to both student and tutor.
In the tutorials, suggestions are offered aimed to consolidate and extend the student’s academic writing, and reinforcement exercises provided to improve the structure and style of research students’ writing.
Extracts of students’ work will be read and commented on for general structure. A short section of the work may be marked in more detail for surface features (grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary).
Work should be submitted to the Thesis Writing tutor at least two weeks before the tutorial. Students are expected to complete the recommended follow-up exercises and to submit them together with the next piece of written work.
Please note: Student writing cannot be proof-read.
24 hours' notice must be given to cancel pre-arranged tutorials, otherwise the tutorial will be forfeited.
The Marking Code
Tutors use this marking code when correcting your written work. Please note that tutors may not correct every mistake, but are likely to focus on the most important ones. When your written work is returned to you, you should make the necessary corrections and resubmit your work.
|WO||Word Order||Change the word order/rearrange the sentence.|
|T||Tense||Think which tense should have been used.|
|SP||Spelling||Check the correct spelling of the word in a dictionary.|
|ART||Article||An indefinite or definite article is necessary (or NO article).|
|P||Punctuation||There is a punctuation mark missing, or you have put in a punctuation mark unnecessarily, or perhaps you used a wrong punctuation mark.|
|C||Concord||(1) The verb does not agree with the subject (2) The relationship between words which determines whether they should be singular or plural, masculine or feminine, and what the form of the verbal group should be|
|PREP||Preposition||You have used a wrong preposition.|
|WF||Wrong Form||Search for an appropriate derivational form of the word.|
|WW||Wrong Word||An inappropriate word or phrase has been chosen.|
|St||Style||This form/word/expression is inappropriate in this context / situation. Make it more academic / formal (or more colloquial).|
|?||unclear||I do not understand what you mean.|
|^||sth missing||There is a word (or words) missing.|
|PARA||New paragraph||It is better to start a new paragraph.|
|!||Simple mistake||You should know what is wrong here.|
|(tick)||good||This part is well written.|
|(curving line)||no need for a new sentence/ word||The idea should be joined in a single sentence / should be one word.|
|(wavy line)||Meaning is unclear||This part should be expressed more accurately (clearly).|
In order to benefit fully from Option A, we strongly recommend 100% attendance. If you have to miss a class, please inform the tutor beforehand, either by email to the tutor or by leaving a message at the Language Centre Reception.
For Option B, 24 hours' notice must be given to cancel pre-arranged tutorials. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the tutorial hour.
Staff-Student Consultative Exercise
There will be an opportunity for students in part-time English classes to give general feedback on the course to representatives of the Language Centre.
If you have any questions about your course, please feel free to ask your tutor. Alternatively, you may like to contact the Course Co-ordinator, Mr James Sinclair-Knopp, in Room 115 at the Language Centre. Email: email@example.com
If you have any administrative enquiries, please contact the EAP Office, Room 121, at the Language Centre. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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