Academic English MADA

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Doel vak

Course objectives are:
1. You have knowledge of and insight into the most important areas of
English grammar, particularly those which typically cause students
problems when writing formal English.
2. You have insight into your own strengths and weaknesses in
grammatical terms, and know how to go about resolving the weaknesses.
3. You have knowledge of the structure and register of academic texts in
your discipline.
4. You have insight into the most important stylistic and rhetorical
aspects of formal written texts in English.
5. 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.
6. 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.

Inhoud vak

The course for students of MKDA consists of a grammar and a writing
The grammar component consists of an introduction into the most
important aspects of English grammar, with an emphasis on the structures
which are frequently used in academic language and on structures which
typically cause problems for students when writing formal English.
The writing component consists of a lecture series focusing on the
characteristics of written academic English, partly in contrast to
Dutch, plus a series of seminars which provide practice on specific
language elements and also guide students in the writing of a 1000-word


Grammar: a 2 hr lecture, two seminars of 2hrs per week
Writing: a 2 hr lecture, twoo seminars of 2hrs per week


Grammar: a computer exam (50%); Writing: a final essay of 1000-1200
words (50%) and a series of assignments in preparation for the final
essay (required, no grade). In order to pass the course, you need a 5.5
minimum for both components.

Vereiste voorkennis

English at VWO level


Mackenzie, J.L. (2014). Principles and pitfalls of English grammar.
Third edition. Bussum: Coutinho.


First-year students of MKDA

Overige informatie

This is an obligatory course in the first year programme for MKDA and is
not open to students following other degrees. Attendance is compulsory.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_EABAALG102
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P6
Vakniveau 100
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. G.A. Dreschler
Examinator dr. G.A. Dreschler
Docenten dr. G.A. Dreschler
M. Klene MA
drs. D. Visser
dr. A.R. Kaal MA

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