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Sapporo University
Academic Writing

The goal of this class is to write an academic research paper in English. During the first term, students will develop ideas through a variety of brainstorming techniques. The class will focus on the mechanics of writing plus basic research and academic writing skills such as summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting (as opposed to plagiarizing); narrowing a topic; and developing a thesis statement. Japanese and English rhetorical styles will be contrasted, particularly in writing introductions and conclusions. Also, preliminary word processing skills and Internet searches will be introduced.
The second term will include a more in-depth examination of academic writing in English with an emphasis on cohesion (kessoku-sayoo), coherence (ikkan-sei), and common stylistic errors in academic writing. Students will develop a bibliography and build support for their research papers. They will be expected to use word processing, including spelling and grammar checkers, for writing rough drafts. An important part of the process will be feedback from classmates as well as the instructor.

Grades are based on:

Optional Textbook: McElroy, Jane. Write Ahead: A Process Approach to Academic Writing.
Tokyo: Macmillian Languagehouse, 1997.


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Last updated May, 2006.