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IFLS 306: Academic English Writing (Spring 2019)

Kent Lee, IFLS, Korea University
Mon/Wed 10.30 - 11.45am (3 hours/week), Class location: 국제관 212 (International Studies Hall)

  • Mailbox: 국제관 208A
  • Office & office hours: 국제관 720, by appointment


1 Course description

This course is designed mainly for juniors and seniors in social science and humanities fields (other majors are welcome, too). It will require you to write critically about your field of study, and thus entails at least a junior level knowledge of your field. The goals of the course are as follows:

  1. Improving your English writing skills; expressing yourselves better in academic English
  2. Learning the expectations, conventions (standards) and style of academic writing

This will include addressing common issues and problems that Korean writers of English have, such as essay structure, style, wording, and genre issues. We will also learn about the writing process, as we take a process and genre based approach to writing.

This course is equivalent in contents to ENGL 434, which I have previously taught.


1.1 Readings and materials

  • There is no textbook for this course, but there is a course packet available from the 공문화사 print shop (the Academic English Writing Manual) [AEWM].
  • You will need to bring academic / scholarly articles (research papers / essays) by researchers / scholars in your field of study, for some of our class activities and assignments.
  • Other handouts and materials will be provided on this website, or by email.


1.2 Current assignments

Look below for details.

  1. Google Form #1: Basic info & language survey (week 2) [1]
  2. Google Form #2: Writing strategies (week 2) [2]
  3. Writing process paper (see below)


2 Weekly materials & assignments

Click on the 'Expand' applet on the right to see or collapse past assignments and materials.

FYI:


2.1 Paraphrasing, citation, plagiarism

  • Read the section in the book on plagiarism, source use, and citation systems.
  • Read the chapter on argumentation, particularly p. 69 and following on counter-argumentation.
Handouts

3 Discourse & style issues


4 Professional writing unit

  1. See the chapter in the course booklet
  2. CV guide and CV sample
  3. Résumé guide and Résumé sample
  4. General guides for CVs and résumés (Purdue OWL website)
  5. Simple checklist for a proper résumés
  6. Rubric / criteria for proper résumés, CV, cover letter, SOP
  7. SOP guide and sample
  8. Cover letters for academic job applications
  9. Academic cover letter (for professorship)
  10. Academic cover letter (language teaching job)
  11. Application letter (non-tenure track academic position)


4.1 Research statements

  1. Sample research statement for postdoc application
  2. Sample research & teaching statement for professorship application
  3. Teaching statement for a university teaching position
  4. Budget justification for grant proposal
  5. Project Summary.pdf for grants, or for preliminary exam / pre-dissertation process
  6. Grant proposal #1 (for a university grant, which was successful)
  7. Grant proposal #2 (for a university grant)
  8. Grant proposal #3a and second part, #3b
  9. Grant proposal #4 (National Science Foundation grant; a good but unsuccessful application)
  10. Optional: Biographical sketch for grant proposals (or other purposes)


4.2 Teaching statements

This includes more formal teaching philosophy statements (TPS) for university teaching jobs.

  1. TPS manual (with examples)
  2. TPS rubric - guidelines for a good TPS
  3. TSP example: Educational psychology
  4. TPS example: College language teacher Teaching statement
  5. TPS: language education
  6. Sample research & teaching statement for professorship application


4.3 Extra handouts: Interviews

  1. Typical job interview questions
  2. Interview questions for teaching or academic jobs
  3. Job interview mistakes to avoid


5 Major assignments (summary)

For essays (midterm, final draft, final essay), a cover / title page is required (and page numbers); see the Appendix in the book for examples. See also the Appendix for general grading criteria. Final versions of the midterm and final essays will be submitted via Blackboard. Other assignments can be submitted in hard copy (printed copy) in class, or if you are absent, you can turn in hard copies in my mailbox in room 208A (or email it to two of my email accounts).


5.1 Writing process

For this paper, you are to introspect on your your own writing process and strategies when you do writing assignments. Reflect on and evaluate your writing process, strategies, motivation, and difficulties. This is about what you actually do, not what you think you should do. Your paper should address some of the following questions.

See also the questions in the book. The focus of this assignment is mainly the contents, so don't worry too much about minor grammatical or mechanical errors (spelling, punctuation, etc.). Since this is a reflective / self-evaluative essay, this will be somewhat informal, including use of first-person.

Your write-up should be at least 2-3 pages (1.5 or double spaced; you can print double-sided pages to save trees), in hard copy format. See the Appendix for standard college paper format, as this alone will suffice (a title / cover page is not needed for this). This counts as a short essay assignment.


5.2 Midterm

Revise and submit the argument / counter-argument essay. A cover page or title page will be needed, along with page numbers (see the example in the coursebook Appendix). You will submit it by uploading it on the assignment page on Blackboard.


5.3 Final paper

For this, you will take a major paper that you are working on in another course, and use it to fulfill the final paper requirement in this course. (Aren't I nice? Yes.)

First paper draft

Bring a hard copy (printed version) to class on the last day of class for peer editing.

  • There are no specific length requirements, as this will depend on your particular course and major.

If you cannot come to class for some reason, do peer editing with a classmate on your own outside of class, and then put a hard copy (printed copy) in my mailbox in room 208A.

Final paper proposal
I might ask you to submit a one-paragraph abstract or proposal (at least 1/2 page or one full paragraph) for your final paper or project. Or I might ask you for an informal description in class. You should decide on your paper by 03 Dec.
Final version

This counts as the final essay for the course, due at the very end of Week 15 (14 Dec.).

  • Length: Preferably, at least 3 full pages, double-spaced (not counting references, graphs, tables, etc.), though this may vary according to the expectations of papers in your course or major.
  • Grading criteria: See the course booklet appendix for grading criteria for major writing assignments

5.4 Professional writing unit

Note: For the Fall 2018 semester, we are not doing these as assignments. This is what we did in past semesters.

For the professional writing sample set, pick one of the following scenarios and develop a set of application materials. This counts as a short essay assignment.

  1. Applying for graduate schools. Imagine you are applying for a Ph.D. program at an English-speaking university; maybe you want to apply for a combined Master's plus Ph.D. program, or you are finishing a Master's and want to transfer to another school for a Ph.D. Requirements:
    • (1) Two versions of a statement of purpose, customized for two applying for different universities [at least 2 pages if single-spaced];
    • (2) One CV [more than one page];
    • (3) Imagine some kind of research that you might carry out as a graduate student, and for that, do one of the following items: (3a) A research grant application for a planned doctoral research project, or (3b) a research proposal for a dissertation topic [at least two pages if single-spaced].
  2. Applying for a professorship or research position (post-doctoral position or full-time researcher):
    • (1) Two cover letters, customized for two different job applications;
    • (2) One CV [more than one page];
    • (3) Either (3a) a research statement, research plan, or research proposal, describing your intended research; or (3b) a teaching statement, describing your teaching beliefs, experience, and teaching philosophy, and how you would teach specific courses at a university to which you are applying [at least two pages if single-spaced]
  3. Applying for other teaching positions (college teaching assistant, secondary school teacher, etc.)
    • (1) Two cover letters, customized for two different job applications [one page each];
    • (2) One CV or résumé;
    • (3) A teaching statement, describing your teaching beliefs, experience, and philosophy, and how you would teach specific courses at a school to which you are applying [at least two pages if single-spaced] .


6 Pedagogy (ideas for teachers or tutors)


7 Notes and references