SFC630 - Pre-Academic Writing in English

ESA offers the SFC630 as an extra-curricular 5 credit course. Please check with your department whether you will get credits for this course or not.

Meant for

Students whose general English skills are not yet at the level required at TU/e (CEF level B2) and who need to improve their writing skills in English.

In order to participate in this course, you must first do the Online Diagostic Test (SFC600) to assess your current level of English. The result of the online diagnostic test will tell what the right course is for you. 

If you do not complete the online diagnostic test (SFC600), or if you do not receive advice for SFC630, you will be deregistered.

In addition, please indicate which of the following applies to you:

  • You have a ≤ 6 VWO for your English (or a similar grade for HBO)
  • You have a CEF Level B1
  • You have received advice for the course based on SFC601 (only IE&IS)
  • You have a Cambridge Certificate (FCE)

Aim

This 5 ECTS course aims to provide participants with training in the skills necessary to write short academic texts, such as a process description, a recommendation report, and an extended definition.
 
To develop these skills, the course focuses on (1) writing skills in general, (2) applying these skills to academic writing tasks, (3) grammar necessary to write such texts, (4) academic vocabulary, and (5) improving readability of your written work.

Throughout the course students are given short writing assignments on which formative feedback is received from classmates (during peer review sessions) and from the course instructor. The course is finally assessed by means of an exam with two writing tasks.
The course comprises 8 sessions of 4 hours each. In addition to class time, you will need an additional 5-6 hours per week for self-study and homework.

Learning objectives

On completion of this course you will be able to do the following:

  1. Write a process description based on the following criteria:
    • Use of appropriate structure for a process description as discussed in Strother, Writing Journal Articles and Technical Reports.
    • Use of linking phrases to connect the steps of the process for the reader to easily follow.
    • Clear and detailed description of all stages of the process and clear explanation of these stages.
    • Use of B2 level English required of a process description as discussed in Strother, Writing Journal Articles and Technical Reports.
    • Use of academic vocabulary from the Academic Word lists 1-3.
  2. Write a recommendation report in which you describe a problem and recommend a possible solution based on the following criteria:
    • Use of appropriate structure for a recommendation report as discussed in Strother, Writing Journal Articles and Technical Reports.
    • Use of sufficient supporting detail to explain the problem.
    • Clear and detailed description of the recommended solution for this particular problem.
    • Use of appropriate linking devices to achieve good readability.
    • Use of grammatical structures typical of a recommendation report as discussed in Strother, Writing Journal Articles and Technical Reports.
    • Use of vocabulary from the Academic Word list 1-3.
  3. Write an extended definition of a general concept based on the following criteria:
    • Use of appropriate structure for an extended definition as discussed in Strother, Writing Journal Articles and Technical Reports.
    • Use of sufficient detail and examples to explain the concept.
    • Use of  linking devices to achieve good readability.
    • Use of grammatical structures typical of an extended definition as discussed in Strother, Writing Journal Articles and Technical Reports.
    • Use of academic vocabulary from the Academic Word list 1-3.

End level

CEF level B2.

Starting dates and registration

The course is given every quartile. Registration code SFC630 via Osiris.