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Teaching and Learning English Writing for Academic Purposes

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Start Date
13 Oct 2020 (Tue)
10 weeks
English supplemented with Cantonese
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Deadline on 05 Oct 2020 (Mon)
2508 8867
2571 0630

This course is designed for teachers and students who have to teach or produce advanced written texts for academic, professional or research purposes. The focus is on using product-focused, process-oriented and genre-based approaches to generate plain English texts that conform to academic and discipline-oriented standards in terms of genre conventions, rhetorical structures and discoursal features.  The instructor will demonstrate how to deconstruct and analyse model texts, journal articles and research papers in diverse contexts, invoke analytical thinking skills and develop effective instructional strategies on writing pedagogy. Participants will receive constructive feedback and suggestions on their writing products.

Academic and research writings are based on understanding and analysing various relevant literature and field study data hence demanding reading, writing, analysing and critical thinking skills and abilities. To be a competent instructor of writing in EAP, one needs to clearly understand (1) writing as a practice of academic literacies and a situated socio-cultural activity in disciplinary discourse communities involving development of cognitive and linguistic abilities among the learners and writers, (2) the individual needs of ESL/EFL students, and (3) the effective instructional designs and pedagogical methods.


學術及研究論文的寫作是建基於理解及分析各種有關文獻及實地考究資料的一種創作活動,因此需要擁有閱讀、寫作、分析及批判思考的能力和技巧。成為一位稱職的學術英語寫作教師,必須清楚了解(1)學術寫作是在不同專科學院及學系領域內的多元學術讀寫能力(academic literacies) 及一種規範化的社會文化活動,需要學生及作者發展其認知和語言能力。(2)以英語作為外語的學生的個人需求,以及(3)有效的教學設計和教學方法。

This course intends to enable participants to :

本課程旨在使學員能够 :

  1. apply different reading strategies to comprehend relevant literature of various research(eg.Social Sciences Research) and academic sources in terms of their purpose, content, context, audience, rhetorical structures and genre features;


  2. understand and identify the characteristics and conventions of different academic and research genres for developing academic text and research proposals and reports for the intended rhetorical purposes, situations and audience;


  3. develop applicable and transferable generic abilities in critical thinking, problem solving, and logical analysis in major research and disciplinary discourse for telling, transforming and transpiring knowledge and expertise;


  4. follow effective composing procedures of prewriting planning, brainstorming, outlining, concept mapping, drafting, revising, amending, editing, proofreading, finalizing and publishing manuscripts;


  5. produce correct, clear and coherent writings for academic and research purposes by using appropriate, idiomatic and collocated academic, research and disciplinary vocabulary to build grammatically correct sentences and well-structured paragraphs for specific genre types;


  6. finally, devise appropriate instructional strategies by using product-focused, process-oriented and genre-based methods, and the “teaching-learning cycle” to help ESL/EFL students develop their knowledge and skills in academic, disciplinary and research writings, such as the use of PPP approach (Presentation, Practice, and Production), the TBLT  method (Task-Based Language Teaching) and the Portfolio Assessment mechanism.



Justin Kwan, BA (Hons), BEd, MBA, MEd, MAppLing (TESOL), PhD

Teaching and Learning English Writing for Academic Purposes Apply Online Now
Application Code 1850-1718NW
Start Date 13 Oct 2020 (Tue)
Time 19:00 - 21:30
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Days / Time
  • Tuesday, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • 10 sessions, two and half hour per session
  • Hong Kong side (To be announced)
Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$2750

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In person or by post
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If you are in doubt about the procedures, please check the individual course details, or contact our programme staff or enrolment centres. 

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  8. If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted.  We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.


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Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

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  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
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