Academic Core: Academic English for students of CIW and Literature & Society

This is an introductory 100-level course on writing humanities texts in English. It has two interrelated components, one focusing on grammar and one focusing on academic text structure and academic style. The grammar component offers an introduction to the most important aspects of English grammar, with an emphasis on the differences between English and Dutch and the structures which are frequently used in academic language. The writing component focuses on the characteristics of written academic English, partly in contrast to Dutch, and includes a series of seminars which provide practice on specific language elements and also guide students in the writing of a 1000-word essay.
The course is 3 hrs per week in period 2 (grammar) and 6 hrs per week in period 3 (writing). Assessment involves an online multiple-choice grammar test and a 1000-word essay on a subject related to each student’s own area of study.

Dates
Periods 2 and 3

Practical information
Teachers: Gea Dreschler, Inge 't Hart, Dirk Visser
Only open to students of CIW and Literature & Society
Credits: 6
Code: STU-C-EN-9

Registration
Course registration is via VUnet

Contact information
Gea Dreschler, g.a.dreschler@vu.nl