Academic English CIS-L&S Writing


Course Objective

• You have knowledge of the structure and register of academic texts in
your discipline.
• You have insight into the most important stylistic and rhetorical
aspects of formal written texts in English.
• You have insight into the strengths and weaknesses in your own English
writing skills, and know how you can go about expanding the strengths
and reducing the weaknesses.
• You can write a well-structured English text in a formal style about a
subject related to your own degree. The text is free of serious lexical
and grammatical mistakes that have a negative effect on the readability
of your text.

Course Content

A lecture series focusing on the characteristics of written academic
English, plus a series of seminars which provide practice on specific
language elements and also guide students in the writing of a 1000-word

Teaching Methods

Weeks 1-3: a lecture (2hrs) and two seminars (2hrs each); week 4: one
seminar (2hrs).

Method of Assessment

A final essay of 1000-1200 words (100%); a series of assignments in
for the final essay (required, no grade).

Entry Requirements

English at VWO level.


Materials will be placed on Canvas.

Target Audience

First-year students of CIW and L&S.

Additional Information

This is an obligatory course in the first year programme of CIW and L&S.
The course is not open to students following other degrees. Attendance
is compulsory.

Custom Course Registration

There is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this course. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the course, (ii) the type of class (lecture and/or preferred seminar group), and (iii) the exam. However, for this course the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the course, (ii) the lectures (if applicable), and (iii) the exam, but not for the seminar groups.

General Information

Course Code L_EABAALG104
Credits 3 EC
Period P3
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. G.A. Dreschler
Examiner dr. G.A. Dreschler
Teaching Staff A.J. Gambrel
dr. G.A. Dreschler
drs. I.M.W. 't Hart MPhil

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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