Minor English: Grammar and Writing 1


Course Objective

After successfully completing this course you will have knowledge of and
insight into the language which typifies academic writing in English and
into English requirements of text structure, as well as into how these
aspects are different from other languages, most importantly Dutch. You
have knowledge of and insight into the most important aspects of English
grammar, particularly those which typically cause students problems when
writing formal English.

You will also be able to write a well-structured English text in a
formal style about a subject related to your own study programme, free
of serious lexical and grammatical error which would have an adverse
effect on the readability of the text. In terms of the Common European
Framework of Reference [CEFR], successful completion of this course will
bring you to level B2 in terms of communicative competence and B2i in
terms of grammatical accuracy and vocabulary control. You will have
greater insight into the strengths and weaknesses of your English
writing skills, and knowledge of how to further develop your strengths
and reduce your weaknesses.

Course Content

The course consists of a writing and a grammar component. In the writing
component of the course the emphasis is on (a) identifying the paragraph
structures, sentence structures and kind of language used across a range
of academic texts in all kinds of disciplines, and (b) getting to grips
with the basic problems involved in writing good, formal English (e.g.
differences between English and Dutch/other languages, the essentials of
English punctuation, formal style). The grammar component consists of a
practical introduction to basic aspects of the grammar of contemporary
English, with special attention for the problems that students typically
have when writing formal English.

Teaching Methods

For the writing component: 1 hr per week lecture; 2 hrs per week
For the grammar component: 1 hr per week lecture; 2 hrs per week

Method of Assessment

(i) a text of 1000-1200 words on a subject related to the student's own
discipline (50%); (ii) a multiple choice computer test on grammar (50%).
In order to pass the course, you need a 5.5 minimum for each component.

Entry Requirements

At least one year of university study, including experience in writing
academic text; premaster students may also follow this course as long as
they have completed an academic skills course.


Hannay, M. & J.L. Mackenzie (2009). Effective Writing in English. 2nd
edition. Bussum: Coutinho.
Mackenzie, J.L. (2014). Principles and pitfalls of English grammar.
Third edition. Bussum: Coutinho.
Additional materials will be made available on Canvas.

Target Audience

Bachelor students across the university who want to improve their
written English in an academic context; the course is not open for
students who have done academic English in their academic core. The
course is part of the [Minor Engels/Minor in English] but can also be
followed separately.

Additional Information

Attendance is obligatory (80% minimum). If you miss more classes, you
may still be allowed to finish the course if you submit an alternative
assignment, but only if you’ve attended 70% of the classes.

Note that this is an English writing course rather than simply a writing
skills course. The assumption is that participants have already
successfully completed an
academic skills course in their first two years of university study.

General Information

Course Code L_ETBAALG007
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. G.A. Dreschler
Examiner dr. G.A. Dreschler
Teaching Staff dr. G.A. Dreschler
M. Klene MA
A.J. Gambrel
dr. R. Straaijer MA MSc.

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Study Group, Instruction course, Lecture
Target audiences

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