Academic Writing Course
for non-native English speakers
Thesis & Dissertation Writing
- from scratch -
About the tutor:
I am Beatrix Corvin, teacher and tutor of English at Mod'Art International Budapest. I have been offering Academic Writing courses to my undergraduate students who are writing their thesis in English at the faculty of Fashion Management.
When do you need these modules?
If you are writing or preparing to write your thesis or dissertation in English in the upcoming semester
When to take each module?
MODULE 1 - Opt for this course in the pre-writing stage of your thesis or dissertation, preferably in the semester prior to your thesis-writing. Now you already have a vague idea about your thesis topic, but you still have plenty of time to research and brush up your academic language before actually starting to write your thesis.
MODULE 2 - After finishing module one and after you have decided on your thesis topic.
MODULE 3 - Now you know your exact topic, and you have done considerable research. Now, you are just getting down to writing your thesis!
What will you learn during these courses?
You wil learn which thesis topic to choose and elaborate on - which meets all the criteria of thesis writing.
You will acquire a broad range of academic vocabulary and you will get an in-depth knowledge of academic writing style and organisation forms.
You will learn how to find and phrase your reasearch question
You will learn how introduce your ideas, how to find your thesis sentence and topic sentences
You will learn how to link, signpost and emphasize your ideas and when and how to transition from one to another.
You will learn how to draw the best possible conclusion and what vocabulary you should use to stress you view.
You will learn how to cite and use your sources to avoid plagarism
What do I need to know about you and why?
Before we start I have to be informed about your field of studies, professional interests and possible thesis topic areas and fields - so that I could do my own research on the issue and guide you best on your thesis writing journey.
Each lesson includes:
90-minute personalized online or in-person class - on the class topic of the module - AND customized to your thesis/dissertation topic with:
Personal discussion, brainstorming,
Case study, research
Giving feedback, error correction,
PPT presentation, flashcards,
PDF documents for activities, DOC for online work
2. 2-page vocabulary activity discussed and corrected
3. 4-page academic vocabulary and phrases for further use
4. Writing assignment with correction sent back to student within a week:
200-250 words/lesson in module 1,
500 - 2000 words/lesson in module 2,
4000 - 6000 words/lesson in module 3
You can choose from 3 modules:
6 occasions – 12 lessons -
Academic English Vocabulary – THE BASICS
6 occasions - 12 lessons -
Academic English Vocabulary – THE BOOST
6 occasions - 12 lessons -
Creative Academic Writing - THE STRUCTURE
Price: One module = 140.000 HUF
Academic English Vocabulary
MODULE 1 – THE BASICS
1. Introduction to Academic Writing
Establishing the importance of the thesis topic
Case Study: Finding Resources – Explore and recognize possibilities
Top-down or Bottom-up Techniques
2. Research and Study Aims
Stating the purpose of research - Research Study Aims
Indicating the focus, aim, argument of the paper
Key nouns, verbs and verb combinations
Case Study: Refining Thesis Topics
3. Table of contents - Organizing ideas 1
Talking about ideas and organizing them
Signposting, Signalling transitions
Case Study: Table of contents
4. Organizing Ideas 2
Connecting ideas – Making a connection
Classifying and Listing
What kind of writer are you? – Mindmap
Introductory phrases, introduction to paragraphing
Indicating significance - Evaluation, emphasis
Case Study: Checking thesis intros – HW: Writing Introductions
6. The Problem
Highlighting a problem, Presenting an Argument
Case Study: Writing the Research Question
Academic English Vocabulary –
MODULE 2 – THE BOOST
1. Comparing, contrasting
Differences and Similarities
2. Being critical - Being cautious
Describing a problem
Degrees of Certainty
Case Study: Working with Ideas
3. Explaining causality
Cause and Effect
4. Reporting results
5. Describing methods and Discussing findings
Describing research methods
Research and Study – Source Material
Drawing and presenting the conlusion of your research paper
Academic English – Creative Writing MODULE 3 – THE STRUCTURE
1 – Structuring a thesis I.
2 – Structuring a thesis II.
Main Body + Conclusion
3 – Paragraphing I.
Types of Paragraphs
4 – Paragraphing II.
Linking & Signposting
5 – Academic Writing –
2. RefWorks and Resources
6 - Thesis Defence Guidelines & Practice