English for written academic purposes


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(1) OT: date of placement test

(2) Where? In the "Where?" column you will find the name of the room or auditorium where the course takes place. You will find detailed info in the "Where to find us?" section.

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Content information

Starting level:
You have a good command of English (minimum B1(+)), which will be checked by means of a placement test.

This course is aimed at improving writing skills for academic texts (paper, report, thesis, dissertation).

The participants gain insight into the structure and organization of academic texts. Important academic language functions will be practiced. Attention will be paid to structuring both a paragraph and a full informative text. The course will tackle the three stages of the writing process: preparing, writing and rewriting. Various grammatical elements will be revised in the context of advanced writing skills, such as relative clauses, verb tenses and discourse markers. Furthermore, the Academic Word List will be used to revise and expand vocabulary. Authentic materials suited for a broad academic audience will be used in the course material.

Placement test: yes

Evaluation and testing:
This course is part of permanent training. It will be evaluated by means of permanent evaluation of own input (40%) and a computer test in the final class session (60%).

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: EWAP

Programme: VTO

Course fees

Price category: I

Useful info

Course book: A UCT course book will be provided by the teacher in the first class session.



Number of tuition hours: 30

Period: each semester

Nr. of hours per week: 1 x 3

Course book available at: UCT

For who?:

  • students who are taking or aim to take up an English Master
  • students who have to write (a paper, a thesis, …) in English
  • doctoral students in preparation of the course “Advanced Writing Skills”