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ING 112A - Basics of Academic Writing

Course Objectives

This course aims to enhance students’ reading and writing skills simultaneously;
reinforces students’ perception of the reading-writing link, enabling them to decipher
academic texts more efficiently; teaches them to write academic paragraphs and
argumentative essays by implementing APA in-text citation rules to avoid plagiarism.
Reading skills: 1. Identifying the main points and details, 2. Analyzing the view and the
tone of the text, 3. Finding and interrelating relevant information, 4. Distinguishing
between general and specific information, 5. Identifying pros and cons and eliciting
arguments, 6. Eliciting topic related/key words, 7. Enhancing academic vocabulary, 8.
Taking notes while reading, 9. Interpreting charts and graphs, 10. Improving critical
thinking, analysing and synthesising skills
Writing skills: 1. Organizing and grouping ideas, 2. Outlining, 3. Paragraph writing with
topic, supporting and concluding sentences, 4. Direct quoting, paraphrasing ainformation
by using correct in-text citation method, 5. Writing argumentative essays following a
certain format, 6. Supporting the main points in the essay with findings from outside
sources, 7. Using academic tone, genre language and appropriate transition signals to achieve coherence and unity
Speaking Skills: 1. Carrying out in-class group work 2. Convening for brainstorming about a certain topic 3. Participating in a debate on a certain topic

Course Description

Reading and analyzing outside sources and elicitting proper information by
differentiating general from specific data, and developing academic writing skills by including proper in-text citation (direct quotation and paraphrase) based on APA citation rules, critical thinking, planning, drafting and editing, writing a formal sentence
definition, interpreting charts and graphs, participating in in-class discussions of the
reading materials

Course Coordinator
Fatma Betül Akpınar
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