Module QXS-9004:
Academic Writing and Grammar 2

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Semester 2

Organiser: Miss Debbie Garlick

Overall aims and purpose

This course aims to enable students who are non-native speakers of English to gain the necessary skills for writing academically at postgraduate level. Students will become familiar with Bangor University academic writing conventions and will be able to write more effectively in their own research. Students will further develop competence in academic writing and grammar by reviewing English grammar and examining postgraduate academic writing in detail. Individual problem areas in both grammar and academic writing will also be examined and correction strategies will be integrated into the course structure.

N.B. This is a non-credit bearing equivalent module to QXS4004

Course content

This module develops more effective postgraduate academic writing skills for overseas students to enable them to write up their own research effectively, appropriately and correctly.

Writing skills There will be particular emphasis on the structure of postgraduate writing texts with a focus on planning, introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussion and conclusion sections. Critical thinking and referencing skills, synthesis, paraphrasing, register, citation, proof-reading, editing and subject specific skills will also be included on the course.

Grammar skills Essential grammar skills for postgraduate writing will be reviewed including article use, connectors, sentence structure, noun phrases, subject verb agreement, preposition use, subject/verb agreement and relative clauses.

Reading Skills for Writing A wide variety of academic reading texts will be used to enhance reading, grammar and writing skills.

It is a non-credit bearing equivalent to module QXS4004

Learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of the module, students will

    1. Have increased ability to organise and write dissertations, theses and other forms of written academic assignments in correct and appropriate English.
    2. Be aware of academic conventions in a UK university environment and be able to integrate these conventions into students’ own written work.
    3. Have raised awareness of personal problem areas in postgraduate academic writing and grammar.
    4. Have developed the skills of proof-reading and self-correction.
    5. Be able to incorporate information from source materials effectively using enhanced referencing skills and avoiding plagiarism.

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Strategy


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