English Language Education

Academic Writing for International Students

This course provides international students with an introduction to key aspects of academic writing in English.

The course is primarily aimed at students whose first language is not English and who did not study on the summer EAP Pre-sessional programme.

Course Details

Course Content

  • Academic writing style
  • Logical organisation
  • Summarising and paraphrasing
  • Citation and referencing
  • Synthesising
  • Writing critically and finding your own voice
  • Writing practice activities with feedback

Teaching Methods

The classes consist of tutor input, individual work and collaboration with other students in pairs or small groups. In each class students work through a series of tasks, and then write a short assignment related to their own discipline outside of class hours (typically 1 hour a week). The tutor will provide feedback on the writing tasks, including comments on style, the use of sources organisation and language accuracy. All materials are provided.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have a better understanding of:

  • Academic writing style and the conventions within their own disciplines
  • Effective ways of organising their writing
  • How to integrate sources effectively
  • Critical writing and how to develop their own voice
  • Language areas that may need further work

Class Size

There will be a maximum of 12 students in a class.

Timing and Location

Wednesdays from 24 January 14:10 - 16:00 (6 weeks)

Fridays from 26 January 14:10 - 16:00 (6 weeks)

Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road


All international undergraduate or postgraduate students currently studying at Edinburgh University. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Registration is now open for Semester 2 ELSIS Courses. The deadline for applications for this course is Friday 12 January 2018:

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