Academic Discourse: Understanding and Using Academic English ( Erasmus)

English, School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

College of Arts and Law


Code 23737

Level of study First Year

Credit value 10

Semester Taught across both

Other pre-requisites You must have completed Level 3 UK National Qualifications Framework (NQF), or international equivalent, of appropriate study in this discipline.

Module description

The course introduces students to the nature of academic discourse and to the special features of academic writing in different disciplines through a critical investigation of different academic genres supported by a study of relevant theories of written discourse. It aims to develop students¿ knowledge of how academic discourse is constructed, hone their analytical skills of text analysis and improve their writing and reading skills. Ultimately, it will raise their awareness of communication in academic settings through studying, using, and producing academic discourse. The course will provide students with opportunities both to reflect on the characteristic features of the discourse of different disciplines and also to apply this knowledge to their own work. Areas of study include:

  • What is academic discourse?
  • Differences between disciplines, for example Business and Political Science
  • Features of academic discourse, for example text patterns grammatical structures, rhetorical strategies
  • Different types of academic genres, for example, abstracts, essays, critical reviews and reports
  • Reading and writing critically and developing an argument
  • Practical elements of essay writing, for example referencing and citation

Teaching and learning methods