Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to

- Recognise the features of effective academic writing for their own fields
- Recognise ineffective sentences and utilise techniques for re-writing them
- Analyse sample texts to identify the language conventions and style particular to their own fields of study
- Apply cohesive elements at the sentence and paragraph level to increase the flow of the text
- Utilise word choice appropriate to formal academic English
- Apply appropriate strategies for proofreading their own work

Credits: 3

Schedule: 26.10.2020 - 02.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Susan Gamache, Pia Lappalainen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pia Lappalainen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

C1 or higher

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    As part of this course, students must bring samples of their scientific writing-in-progress as this material forms a core part of the course. During the course, students work to improve their writing as they apply skills and techniques introduced in the course. The course content will include aspects of writing, such as

    - Internal organisation of a text, including sequencing of information, paragraph writing and sentence structures
    - Appropriateness to the reader (i.e. the target audience), including text structure, sentence and paragraph length, and vocabulary choice
    - Clarity of the message (information organisation, referencing, and cohesiveness)
    - Writing effective sentences, paragraphs and sections (such as abstracts, introductions, and conclusions)
    - Argumentation and researcher positioning/stance
    - Editing for accuracy

    The coursework will enable participants to write more effectively and with greater confidence for an international readership. In response to student needs, the course design includes individual and pair exercises, analysis, and critiques, all of which focus on training participants with specific tools for producing higher quality text. Simultaneously, students will be guided in recognising stylistic and organisational features common to formal written English, and applying features appropriate in their specific fields. As part of feedback, students submit their written text(s) for teacher and peer review.

    Working Life Skills:

    Skills in a foreign language, Written communication, Information retrieval, Ethical consciousness, Critical thinking, Lifelong learning, Self-confidence, Analytical skills, Time-management, Self-awareness, and Knowledge of research in own field.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Continuous assessment 20%

    - Peer feedback 20%

    - Written assignments 60%

    Note: Active participation and regular attendance required

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Small-group instruction 24 - 36 h + independent work 45 - 57 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Available in MyCourses

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    LC-1340 Writing Doctoral Research

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course is intended for doctoral students who have started writing their research articles and/or thesis. Therefore, participants must bring samples of their ongoing writing as this will be a part of the material used in the course.