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  • Provider edX
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $49 Certificate Available
  • Effort 2-3 hours a week
  • Duration 6 weeks long
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Overview

This MOOC takes you through the basics of academic writing step by step. From structuring and organising an academic text to avoiding common pitfalls that can negatively affect your credibility, this 6-week course offers a guide for those who want to improve their writing. It looks at various components that will make your academic writing stand out for all the right reasons, including paragraphing, style, tone, paraphrasing and punctuation. Using samples of student writing it also gives you tips on what to avoid and explains why. Each week is comprised of video lessons, followed by exercises and peer-review tasks, taking you through various aspects of academic writing.

The course requires upper-intermediate (B2) to advanced English (C1).

Syllabus

The MOOC “Academic Writing Made Easy” covers the following topics to help you improve your writing:

Week 1 Rhetorical Preferences: Meeting the expectations of your target group

Week 2 Genre: Differentiating between types of scholarly texts

The Writing Process: Overcoming writer's block

Week 3 Cohesion: Making your ideas flow logically

Week 4 Sentences: Writing reader-friendly sentences

Week 5 Credibility: Convincing your peers to accept and believe what you write

Week 6 Punctuation: Polishing your text

Putting it all together: Overcoming the last hurdles

Taught by

Dr. Heidi Minning, Jeremiah Hendren, Dr. Stephen Starck, Dr. Aparna Bhar, Susan O’Byrne, Rose Jacobs, Ruth Shannon and Huma Abid

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Reviews for edX's Academic Writing Made Easy Based on 11 reviews

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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
The course provide me a new level of vocabulary, like technical words that used in every paragraph. I started to learn more about reading comprehesion, ways of narrative, the structure of an article, organize a text the way the reader can understand the content, that the credibility it’s very important, etc. I like watch the videos before a new task because they explain me an idea of what comes next and give me little tips that will help me to complete the task the best way. I hope to keep myself learning about the course and keep understending all the concepts that will help me to writing perfectly til my skills will be better.
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Anonymous
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Dear All,

Academic English could be a very tricky and cumbersome subject due to the large number of details. For example, the academic writing should accurately consider the grammar, punctuation, plagiarism, hedging, etc. However, the Academic Writing Made Easy represents a very solid and fantastic course. The course was taught by high-level experts. It also consists of clear steps to be followed and gives a road map for the subjects to be studied in depth later. Personally, I have learnt and benefited from this course a lot.

Cheers,
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Chresann D
Chresann completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
I truly found the course to be very helpful and informative. It touched upon the most basic and subtle things that we tend to overlook the most while writing.

The exercises that were conducted during the lectures helped in giving a better and clear understanding of the topic.

I would truly appreciate it if another level of this course will be aired, I'd love to be a part of it again and enhance my knowledge!

I'm grateful to everyone who made it possible for me to attend this course.
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Romina C
Romina is taking this course right now.
It is well organized, with many examples that are very ilustrative.

I really enjoy some excercises, others where more difficult for me to achieve a good result.

Love the tips about what to do or not... for example the advice of avoiding nominalization BUT where it is a good choice to use it!

I really take advantage of the way of writing by drafts!!!!

I encourage postgraduate students to take it!!!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This was a really good course in academic writing. I learnt a lot and it was designed with a very good structure in a way that you can write and edit your essay or text while watching the videos side by side in that order. It gave very useful and practical knowledge that will be helpful to you irrespective of the field you are writing your text from.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It was an excellent experience to learn important things in academic English language with this helpful learning course. There were crystal clear presentations of mentors with real-life examples. In the case of exercise, you can judge yourself and make improvements where necessary.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Hello

The course was extremely good. Each and every concept was explained well. The exercises kept me on toes. It was really interesting and involving. Being a teacher , going through such course is revising as well as enhancing. I thank all the instructors and organisers.

Thank you
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I have learned a lot in this course. The course itself is very informative and helpful. It made I realized that I made so many mistakes in my writing in the past without knowing it. So if you want to improve your academic writing, make sure to join this course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Overall, this was an excellent course. It was concise and to the point. There were excellent tips to write better sentences. The section on avoiding plagarism and the 30 minute writing tip to get into flow were especially helpful.
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Anonymous
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Excellent course clearly explained by Jeremiah Hendren, with concepts that are applicable to every level of writer. I used elements from this course in my own lesson plans. Would recommend highly.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Clear, easy to understand. even if you experienced writer it gives you a good summery or brush-up about some concepts, rules and ideas.

highly recommended
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