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Academic Writing I, week 4: May 6th, 2016


Today’s class

  1. Easy reading exchange
  2. Draft essay exchange
  3. Free writing #3: about your easy reading/yr partner’s easy reading – 5 min
  4. Purposes of essays mini-lecture:
    1. Listen, take notes
    2. Discuss
    3. Write (not free writing): 5 mins
  5. Hand in draft #1
  6. P. 9 practice 4
  7. P 17 D
  8. P18  practice 2

Academic Writing I, week 3: April 22nd, 2016

NB Next class (week 4) will be in 2 weeks’ time, on May 6th.


  1. Find something easy and interesting to read in English.
  2. Choose a topic and start writing your explanatory essay.
    1. Suggested topics:
      1. A social or other problem that affects a large number of people that you are concerned about
      2. A holiday or trip you took.
      3. A place, person or event that you have strong feelings about.
Today’s class:
  1. Returned wk1 writing
  2. Free writing: about something you read in English recently.
  3. Textbook p2 A what is an essay?
  4. P3, essay format
  5. P4 practice 1.
  6. P6 C
  7. P7 practice 2
  8. Characteristics of academic writing
  9. Bloom’s taxonomy comment.
    1. Bloom’s taxonomy is a pyramid. The idea is that human thinking starts with knowledge, information. Then it progresses upwards towards more and more complex and sophisticated thinking processes. However, these sophisticated processes are impossible without the lower levels. E.g. analysis is not possible without knowledge (level 1) and understanding (level 2).

Welcome! Academic Writing I, week 1: April 8th, 2016

IMG_1895Welcome to Sheffner’s Academic Writing class blog.


  1. Read the essay on credit cards on pp. 4-5 of the text book.
  2. Read the longer Japanese article on Bloom’s taxonomy and write a response in the comments to this blog (click “Comments please!” at the bottom of this post; you will need to write your name and your KPU email address; your name is visible to everyone, your email address is not visible).
  3. Watch the video below and answer the questions below (also on the handout from today).
  4. Read (at least, start reading) something easy and interesting in English, write the details and bring them class next week to tell your classmates. “Something easy” means something that you can understand (at least 90%) without a dictionary.

ビデオが「ブルームの目標分類学」(Bloom’s Taxonomy)を簡単に説明します。それを観賞したあとに、次の正誤問題に答えてください。

“Bloom’s Taxonomy”
1. Understanding is being able to write down the information from memory.
2. Once you have understanding of concepts, you can easily see how something works.
3. Applying involves utilizing information to solve problems.
4. Breaking down information into components is an example of synthesizing.
5. Analysis allows you to illustrate how different ideas relate to one another.
6. When you engage in criticism, you are evaluating information.

Today’s class

  • Schedule AW1_schedule
  • Academic Writing:
    • What is it? (definition)
    • Where did it come from? (from letters written by scientists to other scientists)
    • Characteristics (see worksheet Characteristics of Genre)
  • Free writing #1 (private): self-introduction
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Short comment about today’s class. Was it interesting? Boring? Too easy? Too difficult? Did you understand Sheffner’s English? How much? (etc).