Academic Writing I, week 2: April 17th, 2015


  1. Read writing #1, writing #2, writing #3 and the model essay in the textbook chapter 1.
    1. What are the characteristics of academic writing?
  2. Free reading (for enjoyment).
    1. Find something easy (that you can understand 90% of without a dictionary) and interesting for you.
    2. Bring it to class next week.

N.B. May 1st Academic Writing class will be cancelled.

Today’s class

  1. 10 minutes’ reading
  2. Reading report
    1. In writing:
      1. Title of book / name of reading material
      2. Author
      3. Level
      4. Publisher
      5. your comments
      6. Date finished (write today’s date if you have finished reading this, or don’t want to read any more).
  3. Reading report – discuss in small groups.
  4. What genre is your reading material?
  5. Review of language learning hypothesis (The Natural Approach)
    1. Young children have no choice – they naturally learn in this way
    2. Adults can choose between conscious learning (memorizing, learning rules, etc) and the natural approach.
    3. Problems with the classroom learning / conscious learning model:
      1. Learning rules does not necessarily translate into actual ability to use the language for communication (see Sheffner’s experience in Germany after learning German for 1 year in school)
      2. Classroom / conscious learning, while useful, can also inhibit natural learning. (See the example of Francois Gouin [Gouin, F. (1892). The art of teaching and studying languages. Translated by Howard Swan and Victor Betis. London: George Philip and Son. Available on Google Books.] Quoted in “Case Histories and the Comprehension Hypothesis”, by Stephen Krashen, TESOL Journal (, June, 2014.)
  6. Writing sample #1 AW1_AW_sample1
    1. Is this academic writing? Why / why not?
  7. Writing sample #2 AW1_AW_sample2
    1. Is this academic writing? Why / why not?
  8. Textbook, table of contents
    1. How many chapters?
    2. What kinds of essays?
    3. Look at the model essays for explanatory essay (chapter 1), problem-solution essay (chapter 2) and comparison-contrast essay (chapter 3).
      1. What kind of writing is writing sample #1? Writing sample #2?
  9. Comment on today’s class: feedback for the teacher (please! Thank you.)


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