Improving Your Academic Writing

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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. Use the Academic Writer site to improve your academic writing.
  2. Check your essay against the essay writing checklist.
  3. The Error Detector  - copy and paste your essay into the box and the Error Detector finds some common problems in academic essay writing and gives you tips how to solve them.

    CILL Homework

    What to study Where to find it
    Revision of drafts The Process of Composition (Study Skills, UI) Page 79
    Use of coherence devices The Process of Composition (Study Skills, UI) Page 69
    Use of connectives Academic Writing Course (Study Skills, I) Page 118

    Academic Writing for Graduates (Study Skills, I) Page 22

    From Process to Product (Writing, EI) Unit 2

    Proofreading Focus on Editing (Grammar, I)

    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