3Cs of Graduate Writing
The 3Cs of Good Graduate Writing: an overview of features common to US graduate writing that are especially challenging for L2 writers: namely cohesion (information structure and rhetorical patterns expected in English writing); claims (hedging and boosting claims using culturally and linguistically appropriate grammar and vocabulary); and clarity (developing academic and field-specific vocabulary; using L2 learner’s dictionaries and corpora effectively).
Students work on a short piece of writing or a part of a longer course assignment or a thesis/dissertation proposal or chapter (with instructor/advisor’s consent).
None, but students must come with a writing project that they have started, plan to start, or intend to revise. Projects may include coursework, dissertation proposals, dissertation/thesis chapters, abstracts, articles for publication, and other academic or professional genres (e.g., teaching statements, grant proposals, etc.).
Recommended Materials for Reference:
- Nigel Caplan, Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writer (Michigan, 2012). Also assigned in the grammar module. Available from the UD Bookstore.
- Swales & Feak, Academic Writing for Graduate Students, 3rd edition (Michigan, 2012)
- Robert Irish, Writing in Engineering: A Brief Guide (Oxford, 2015)
- Mika & Danielle LaVaque-Manty, Writing in Political Science: A Brief Guide (Oxford, 2015)
- Leslie Ann Roldan & Mary-Lou Purdue, Writing in Biology: A Brief Guide (Oxford, 2016)
- Lynn Smith-Lovin and Cary Moskovitz, Writing in Sociology: A Brief Guide (Oxford, 2016)
- Shan-Estelle Brown, Writing in Anthropology: A Brief Guide (Oxford, 2016)
Tasks and Readings
|1||Please read these blog posts:
(optional): Grammar Choices, Unit 8
|Cohesion: Old new information, paragraph patterns, nominalization and grammatical metaphor|
|2||Read this advice on using qualifiers||
Claims: Analyze results (data commentary) and discussion sections for hedging and boosting.
Practice on sample papers
Write a data commentary together
(optional): Grammar Choices, Unit 7
Using corpora for collocations and synonyms (online module)
Cutting verbiage (online practice – discussion board)
|4||Please read this blog post about breaking up long paragraphs||Consolidation|
This Graduate Communication Support Initiative module was designed by Nigel Caplan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This version: 12/29/16