Academic Essays

Researching and Writing Academic Essays


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  • The Homework Tasks below contain more than 6 hours of self-study. Your classroom English teacher may suggest you do some of these for homework, or you could choose those that interest you.
  • Some of the tasks listed below should be done in the Centre for Independent Language Learning (CILL). You will need to join CILL by doing an orientation which takes about 20 to 30 minutes when the CILL teachers will explain to you how to use the centre effectively.
  • It is a good idea to keep your work in a folder so that you can show it to your teacher if you have any questions, and for reference if you want a CILL attendance certificate. For this certificate you need to write a short essay detailing what you have learned.


Homework Tasks

On-line Tasks

  1. Diagnostic Grammar Test: find out your grammar problems and how to solve them - if you have a PolyU student ID, or else click here
    • Do Test One, Section Three, and work on the problems that the test shows you have.
    • The test has references to explanations and exercises in the grammar book English Grammar in Use, which you can find in CILL on the grammar shelf at intermediate level or in the library at PE1112 .M86 1994 (7 copies).
  2. Interactive Web Grammar Aid Package (4 hours) - For you to improve your grammar and writing ability by working on common problems such as subject-verb agreement.



CILL Homework

What to study

Where to find it

Classification Academic Writing Course (Study Skills, I) Unit 8

Study Writing (Study Skills, UI) Page 23

Comparison and Contrast Study Writing (Study Skills, UI) Page 51
Giving Examples Academic Writing Course (Study Skills, I) Unit 6
Cause and Effect Academic Writing Course (Study Skills, I) Unit 9
Narrative Study Writing (Study Skills, UI) Units 6, 7 & 8
Definition Academic Writing for Graduate Students (Study Skills, I) Pages 33-54

Academic Writing Course (Study Skills, I) Unit 5

Study Writing (Study Skills, UI) Page 27

Don't forget:
  • Answers are at the back of the books or in the Teacher’s Book
  • Try using the self-correction sheet
  • A teacher can help you correct your work or find more material



  • UI - Upper-intermediate
  • I -   Intermediate
  • EI - Early-intermediate



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Last updated on: Friday, March 23, 2012