Academic Writing Skills

Academic Writing skills for academic English students at university. All the important elements / functions of writing academically.

Academic Writing Vocabulary 

 Academic style: 20 key features to writing [updated 2020]

This lesson brainstorms academic style / formality in writing. Teacher conducts feedback by using visual highlighting & explaining the concepts. There are also 10x practice transformation exercises from informal to formal. It includes a Power Point. PPT Link in download. (Example) Time: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] / Webpage link. / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

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Academic style 2: paragraph analysis, comparison & discussion [new 2020]

This lesson compares two paragraphs on CSR (informal and formal), discusses the conventions of academic style & finishes with a sentence re-writing activity.. (Example) Time: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] / Webpage link. / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

Academic writing: useful websites for writing

 Here are some good websites we recommend to our students when writing essays or doing written work in class. These sites help with key skills of paraphrasing & summarising. Webpage link

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Correction code

Teachers: This code can be used to correct student’s work. Underline the mistake & use one of the symbols to indicate the problem. Students correct the mistake using the code & return to the teacher to check.

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Error correction code: practice & answers

Some EAP teachers use an error correction code when marking students’ work. This practice sheet help students identify the mistake & use the correction code to correct it. Webpage link.

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  Error correction code 2: challenging error correction practice & answers

Teachers or students: This is a much harder worksheet of 12 sentences with 3 or 4 mistakes in each sentence. Students identify the mistake & try to correct it. Webpage link / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

   

QuickMarks for Turnitin: 42 Prepared QuickMarks

Download an Academic English QuickMarks file. 42 Quickmarks on the correction code, organisation & academic conventions. Each QuickMark includes a description. More information: QuickMarks webpage link (example). TEACHER MEMBERSHIP   

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Hedging #1: Cautious language exercises

This worksheet is for teachers or students. It provides an overview of hedging / cautious language and 8 exercises to practise using hedging language to demonstrate caution. (see worksheet example) Webpage link . Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]. / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

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 Hedging #2: Cautious / tentative language [new 2020]

This lesson supports students in their understanding & use of cautious / tentative language.The lesson includes six tasks of guided practice & two tasks of freer practice (see worksheet example).  Webpage link Time: 60mins & homework.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]. / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

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Academic Referencing

Harvard referencing worksheet

Two part worksheet that is a paragraph & reference list.  Students have to put in the correct in-text reference. The second part is a reference list exercise where students have to put the sections in the correct order. A nice lesson to introduce students to referencing & becoming aware of key referencing principles.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Example  / Webpage link / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

Reading & research skills: what is a credible source?

This lesson highlights the key components of identifying credible & reliable resources. It includes a check list on 20 different sources & students have to decide whether these are credible. Page link  Level ***** [B1/B2] 

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APA 6th edition referencing worksheet

Two part worksheet that is a paragraph & reference list. Students have to put in the correct in-text reference. The second part is a reference list exercise where students have to put the sections in the correct order. A nice lesson to introduce students to referencing & becoming aware of key referencing principles.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Example  / Webpage link  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

Reporting verbs worksheet 

 Use the verbs in the box to put into the sentences in the worksheet. Each sentence has a description of the type of verb needed. Check the grammar of the verb too! Web page link

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The C.R.A.A.P Test: A guide to evaluating sources – UoSA

This University of South Australia video explains what the C.R.A.A.P Test is and how to use it to evaluate all types of information. This worksheet helps students to understand what is considered to be a ‘credible’ source and how to check this using an evaluation tool Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [03.17]   / MP3TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

 

The academic journal peer review process  NC State University

This NC State university video explains how an academic scholar submits a research paper to a journal publishing company & the full process the article goes through before it is published. This listening & worksheet helps students to understand what is considered to be a credible source & why. Example  Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [03.15] / MP3Webpage link / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

  

Academic voice worksheet 

 Sometimes students wonder what academic stance / voice is & find it difficult to identify how it is used. This document provides a clear example of how a writer adds their own voice through language. Webpage link. 

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Academic Writing Skills

How to paraphrase effectively

 It starts by discussing the differences between quotation, paraphrase & summary. It takes students through the basics of identifying key words, finding synonyms & then changing the grammatical structure. There is plenty of practice; all with teacher’s notes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Example / Webpage link / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

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    Writing a paragraph: using quotes about smoking

Students are given a worksheet with nine quotes taken from The New Scientist, BBC News, The Economist, etc…. They select three quotes to write a paragraph trying to paraphrase the quotes & produce a cohesive piece of writing. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Example  / Webpage link /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

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Paraphrasing writing worksheet 

This worksheet provides paraphrasing practice. There are five sentences taken from an academic text & students paraphrase the sentences  keeping the meaning the same. Includes possible answers. Webpage link.

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Summary writing: the causes of the 2008 Financial Crisis

The text discusses the background history of the financial crash through focusing on prime & sub-prime mortgage lending. It then explores the key reasons behind the profitable trading systems of that time, highlighting the collapse & then the following banking regulations that were introduced in 2009/2010. Webpage link. / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

 

 

5x Academic Writing Summaries

AMAZING VALUE – buy all these texts and summary writings in one book. All these tests have been written by Academic English UK. Webpage link. TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

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Argument essay: home education

 Question: ‘Should parents educate their children at home?’ This is the full lesson from the images above. The essay can be used in a number of different ways – see the lesson plan. Words: 440  Level ***** [C2/B1] / Webpage link.

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Argument essay: university

Question: Is a university degree worth the cost? This essay investigates the positive aspects of university life & qualifications against high debt & competitive job markets. Example. Words: 633  Level ***** [B1/B2] / Webpage link. / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

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Academic argument essay: climate change

Question: Is Climate Change a result of human activities? This essay investigates the key research behind climate change & the arguments that claims that this research is bias & exaggerated. Sources:7 / Words:680 / Example / Level ***** [B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

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4x General argument essays [updated 2020]

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Critical thinking: questions to support critical reading

This information sheet provides a range of questions that should be applied when reading any academic text. The answers to these questions should be then applied to writing. Webpage link.

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Critical review: structure information sheet 

This information sheet provides information on how to structure a critical review. It includes the differences between descriptive & evaluative writing. Monash University / Webpage Link.

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Critical review: model essay analysis 

This information sheet provides information on what makes a good critical review. It analyses a sample essay & highlights critical review academic style & conventions. Monash University / Webpage Link.

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Parallelism Worksheet: 8 exercises

This worksheet provides an explanation of the key concepts of ‘parallelism’ and provides an error correction exercise to practise the key concepts. An awareness of this writing element really helps establish unity and readability in sentence structure. See Example worksheet. Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

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 Sentence structure 1: simple, compound, complex & complex compound [new 2020]

This lesson supports students in their understanding & practice of the four types of sentence structure: simple, compound, complex & complex-compound. It includes noticing, guided & freer practice. (see worksheet exampleTime: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] / Webpage link. / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

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 Sentence structure 2: fragment, run-on & comma splice sentences  [new 2020]

This lesson helps improve students’ sentence structure through identifying & rewriting fragment, run-on & comma splice sentences. It includes noticing, guided & freer practice. (see worksheet exampleTime: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] / Webpage link. / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

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Academic Writing Structure

 

Introductions: how to write an academic introduction

This lesson / worksheet presents the key sections to an academic introduction. It then focuses on highlighting those key sections in three model introductions with particular attention to the thesis (question / topics / stance). It finishes with writing an introduction from a range of titles. Example Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]   / Website link / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

Thesis statements: how to write a thesis statement

This lesson / worksheet presents the key sections to an academic introduction. It focuses on different writing structures using words like however, although, despite & then follows with a writing task. Students write three thesis statements using the introduction models. Example Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]   / Webpage link / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

  

 

Topic sentences: the basics [updated 2020]

This lesson takes students through ‘noticing’ how a topic sentence links to development. It includes writing topic sentences from the content of  four paragraphs & writing a paragraph from a given topic sentence. (Example)  Time: 60mins    Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

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Topic sentences: academic [new for 2020]

This lesson takes students through ‘noticing’ how a topic sentence links to development. This is followed by writing topic sentences from the content of four academic paragraphs & then writing a paragraph from a given topic sentence. (Example)  Time: 60mins    Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

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Basic Paragraph Analysis: Corporate Social responsibility (CSR) (new for 2020)

This worksheet provides a step-by-step guide to the key components of a paragraph. It analyses a basic paragraph on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through structure, topic, cohesion, referencing and stance. It also includes a writing practice on Globalisation. Example.  Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1] MEMBERSHIP 

 

Academic paragraph analysis: block or point-by-point (new for 2020)

This lesson helps students identify the key elements in paragraph writing. It focuses on two paragraph structures: block & point-by-point. Students analyse each paragraph for structure, controlling ideas & key terms, in-text referencing, cohesion & author’s stance. It also includes two writing practice exercises. Example.  Level: ***** [B2/C1]  MEMBERSHIP

 

Reading & Writing Argument: Essay [Mergers & Acquisitions]

Topic: Mergers & Acquisitions. Two short texts (included) – students read the texts, make notes of key arguments,  and write a 400-600 word essay using in-text referencing and paraphrasing. The essay should follow (block / point-by-point structure) more info. Lesson includes teacher notes, outline & a model essay. Example Level ***** [B2/C1] / Webpage link.  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

  

Economic Inequality Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE – Five lessons in one book. Introduction, definition, reading test & summary writing, 1 x lecture listening, [extra reading text] & seminar / example [TEACHER MEMBERSHIP]

 

 

 

Conclusions: the basics [New for 2020]

This is  a great lesson to introduce & practice writing conclusions. It begins with identifying key components of a conclusion, then offers valuable writing practice of summarising key points, restating a thesis & creating ideas for a future focus. It finishes with using an essay outline to write a conclusion. (Example)  Time:180mins    Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

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Reading & writing argument essay [mergers & acquisitions]

Topic: Mergers & Acquisitions. Two short texts (included). Students read the texts, make notes of key arguments & write a 400-600 word essay using in-text referencing & paraphrasing. The essay should follow (block / point-to-point structure) more info. Lesson includes teacher’s notes, outline & a model essay. Example Level ***** [B2/C1] / Webpage link.  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

  

Linking words lesson: free download

This lesson provides valuable practice in improving formal linking words. Students start by discussing formal linking words, followed by a kinaesthetic matching activity & finishing with sentence worksheet.  Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]    / webpage link

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Cohesion & coherence worksheet  AEUK

This worksheet helps to consolidate what cohesion is with a focus on pronouns, word forms & summary nouns. It also includes a coherence sheet on key connections & two practice activities. Example  Level: ***** [B2/C1]  / Webpage Link / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

Academic Writing Criteria

Writing criteria x 2

There are two writing criterion in this download. One is a basic marking criteria that can be used to mark students’ general writing and the other criteria includes the use of sources. They are divided into three sections of TASK / ORGANISATION / LANGUAGE and have five grade levels A-F. It is a word document so you can add or change any of the rubric to suit your writing test.  Example  Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

 

Marking Criterion: writing, seminar & presentation criteria

This is a booklet of three marking criterion. It includes a writing criteria (two types: basic / academic sources), seminar criteria (two types: basic / academic sources) and presentation criteria. These are word documents so they can be adapted to your specific requirements.  Example / Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

Argument Essay Titles

To what extent do you agree?.

  1. University should be free
  2. Animal testing is necessary
  3. Prisons don’t work
  4. Video games encourage violence
  5. Euthanasia should be legal
  6. Nuclear power is a bad investment
  7. Governments are over-spending
  8. Marriage is becoming old-fashioned
  9. Money is the key to happiness
  10. Consumerism is negative
  11. Social media is changing how we communicate
  12. Military service should be compulsory
  13. Education is the key to reduce crime
  14. Parents should choose the careers for their children
  15. Brexit is a mistake.
  16. There is no other life in the universe
  17. GMOs are dangerous and should be banned
  18. More should be done to control Superstar Corporations
  19. Climate Change is a myth
  20. Academic research can’t be trusted

SPSE Essay Titles

  1. Plagiarism at university
  2. Artificial intelligence
  3. Global Migration
  4. Climate Change
  5. Terrorism
  6. Unemployment
  7. Cyber crime
  8. Depression
  9. Food security
  10. Discrimination
  11. Gender inequality
  12. Off-shore banking
  13. Debt
  14. Superstar Companies
  15. Brexit

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