UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Academic Writing in English for Non-Native Speakers

Prerequisite for entry

Students must be non-native speakers of English.

Aims and objectives

The course aims to raise awareness of the conventions of written academic literacy among students from other learning cultures. The course will also help to improve writing ability in a variety of text types, focusing on sentence-level lexis and syntax, text coherence and cohesion, and appropriate style. In doing so, we aim to help improve the ability to perform in all written tasks on students’ own degree programme: course assignments and reports, examination essays and dissertations.

Upon completion of the course students will be expected to:

  • Understand and use theories and conventions of written academic literacy;
  • Use rhetorical and logical strategies to express ideas effectively in writing;
  • Develop their own voice and position themselves in texts;
  • Employ relevant strategies for distinct tasks, ranging from unseen examination essays to prepared coursework on undergraduate degree programmes.