Academic Writing 2


Bailey, S. (2003). Academic writing: A practical guide for students. New York: Nelson Thomes Ltd.

Course Description

This course is a study of theory and practice of academic writing. Topics include: characteristics/features of academic writing (academic style), formats of academic writing, the appropriate ways to write thesis statements, paragraphs, citing and referencing, the use of passive and active voice and “I” in academic writing and the concept of “writing up” in writing a critical review.


This course aims to provide students with an orientation to theory and practice of academic writing, especially a research essay. As their outcomes from this course, students are expected to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of a thesis statement;
  2. be able to paraphrase, summarize, and use citation appropriately;
  3. develop and employ the use of critical thinking skills;
  4. improve language structures/grammar;
  5. develop an academic point of view supported by evidence;
  6. plan and write academic essays such as critical review and research essay in an academic style suitable for a university essay which must include a list of references.
  7. be familiar with major reference system, particularly the American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA) and Harvard system

Course Outline

  1. Introduction and syllabus overview
  2. Summarizing
  3. Synthesizing
  4. Paraphrasing
  5. Academic writing format
  6. Writing a critical review – review template – sample review


  • Instruction:A critical review is a 900-1000 word writing task that covers summary and evaluation of an academic text, in this respect a journal article. The summary includes the key points or the topic, and you can also briefly explain the author’s intention throughout the text. The summary should not give too much detail. The evaluation is your judgment about the quality or value of the text (for other practitioners in the fields or to student). It also discusses the issue of interest regarding the topic (whether you agree/disagree, whether the topic is interesting or questionable). Writing a critical review requires students to read the selected text in detail and to also read other related texts so that students can present a fair and reasonable evaluation of the selected text. Therefore, students must use references and cite appropriately when it comes to other people’s ideas/quotations.

           # Choose one of these articles: a. linguistic article and b. literature article;

           Midterm Dropbox

           Abstract Dropbox

Introduction Dropbox


“Skripsi” Samples

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