English Language Education

Grammar for Academic Writing

This course focuses on key areas of English grammar that students need to master to express themselves correctly and appropriately in academic writing.

Course Details

Course Content

The following areas of grammar will be explored within the context of academic writing:

  • sentence structure
  • noun phrases
  • articles
  • verb forms
  • modals and conditionals

Teaching Methods

In class students work through a series of language tasks under the guidance of a tutor. They discuss the tasks with their classmates, either in pairs or small groups. Students then write a short assignment outside of class hours (approximately 1-2 hours a week) which they submit to the tutor for feedback. The tutor will provide selective written feedback on the weekly assignments that focuses on the use of the target language.

Class Size

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should:

  • have improved the accuracy of their written grammar
  • be aware of how grammar can be used to create a more academic style
  • be better able to proofread  their work for grammar mistakes

Timing and Location

Wednesdays from 31 January 14:10 - 16:00 (5 weeks)

Fridays from 2 February 14:10 - 16:00 (5 weeks)

Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road


All undergraduate and postgraduate students currently studying at Edinburgh University. In allocating places priority will be given to students with low TEAM grammar scores.


Registration is now open for Semester 2 ElSIS Courses. The deadline for applications for this course is Friday 19 January 2018:

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