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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
6 hours to complete

MODULE I: THE READING–RESEARCH–WRITING CONTINUUM

This module will help you acquire critical reading skills so that you will develop as a self-critical writer. The module covers issues related to reading discipline-specific literature, which is indispensable from developing professional expertise in writing academic texts. The focus is on fundamental concepts of scientific writing, such as logical organization and argumentation.

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11 videos (Total 75 min), 7 readings, 8 quizzes
11 videos
Scientific Evidence7m
Critical Argument7m
Starting Point8m
Research Questions7m
Formulating a Hypothesis8m
Reading Literature9m
Interacting with Texts6m
Annotated Bibliography7m
7 readings
Elena Bazanova10m
MIPT10m
LTTC10m
Grading Policy10m
Recommended readings and resources10m
Takeaways10m
FAQ concerning peer-review assignments.10m
7 practice exercises
Preview Test8m
Graded Quiz18m
Preview Test8m
Preview test8m
Practice 12m
Graded quiz18m
End-of-Module Test40m
Week
2
6 hours to complete

MODULE II : DEVELOPING ACADEMIC VOCABULARY

This module covers issues related to building academic vocabulary. The module clarifies word-formation processes, i.e., affixation, conversion, and compounding. The focus is on strategic language re-use and ways of dealing with new words. The module provides software tools for extracting frequently occurring vocabulary specific to an area of research.

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10 videos (Total 91 min), 3 readings, 7 quizzes
10 videos
Nominalisations10m
Noun Phrases16m
Strategic Language Re-Use7m
Dealing With New Words7m
Treasure Store8m
Concordancing7m
Concept Mapping6m
3 readings
Recommended readings and resources10m
Takeaways10m
FAQ concerning peer-review assignments.10m
6 practice exercises
Preview test8m
Graded quiz18m
Preview test8m
Graded quiz18m
Preview test8m
End-of-Module Test40m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

MODULE III : FUNDAMENTALS OF ACADEMIC GRAMMAR

This module covers issues related to the pragmatics of academic English. The module presents an overview of the English verb system, including most frequent tenses, three aspects, and two voices. The module highlights the use of correct punctuality, which is of immense help in meeting the goal of the writing process: to ensure clear communication of ideas. The module also explains the role of modality and register in academic writing. Another important issue discussed in the module is the use of parallel constructions for words, phrases, clauses, sentences, and paragraphs of an academic text.

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10 videos (Total 67 min), 2 readings, 8 quizzes
10 videos
Verb Complements5m
Verb Forms7m
Modality6m
Register7m
Using Parallel Structure8m
Revising Sentences6m
Sentence Combining and Punctuation5m
2 readings
Recommended readings and resources10m
Takeaways10m
8 practice exercises
Preview test8m
Graded quiz18m
Preview test8m
Practice46m
Graded quiz18m
Preview test8m
Graded quiz18m
End-of-Module Test40m
Week
4
6 hours to complete

MODULE IV : ACADEMIC DISCOURSE

The final module looks beyond the sentence to the ways that grammar structures paragraphs and longer texts. The module covers issues related to the textuality of academic texts, i.e. cohesion, coherence, intentionality, acceptability, informativity, situationality, and intertextuality. In particular, the module focuses on lexical and grammatical cohesion. The module also discusses the concept of paragraphing and what the topic sentence and the statement of purpose mean for effective academic writing.

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10 videos (Total 66 min), 3 readings, 9 quizzes
10 videos
Grammatical Cohesion8m
Basic Guideline5m
Topic Sentence8m
Paragraph Structure7m
Crafting the Purpose Statement7m
Developing the Rationale6m
Commandments of Research Writing8m
3 readings
FAQ concerning peer-review assignments.10m
Recommended readings and resources10m
Takeaways10m
8 practice exercises
Preview test8m
Graded quiz18m
Preview test8m
Graded quiz18m
Practice10m
Preview test8m
Graded quiz18m
End-of-Module Test40m
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Top reviews from Academic Literacy

By HEJun 17th 2018

as a PhD student i find the course helpful. thanks prof.dr. Elena Bazanova for this amazing course with this easy material. you encourage me to do my work in better way

By INOct 7th 2018

Really very useful. A little bit in a rush and too many cartoon entrances, however, very nice framework to catch an intuition for academic English.

Instructor

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Elena Bazanova

Director of the Language Training and Testing Center
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

About Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Московский физико-технический институт (Физтех) является одним из ведущих вузов страны и входит в основные рейтинги лучших университетов мира. Институт обладает не только богатой историей – основателями и профессорами института были Нобелевские лауреаты Пётр Капица, Лев Ландау и Николай Семенов – но и большой научно-исследовательской базой. Основой образования в МФТИ является уникальная «система Физтеха», сформулированная Петром Капицей: кропотливый отбор одаренных и склонных к творческой работе абитуриентов; участие в обучении ведущих научных работников; индивидуальный подход к отдельным студентам с целью развития их творческих задатков; воспитание с первых шагов в атмосфере технических исследований и конструктивного творчества с использованием потенциала лучших лабораторий страны. Среди выпускников МФТИ — нобелевские лауреаты Андрей Гейм и Константин Новоселов, основатель компании ABBYY Давид Ян, один из авторов архитектурных принципов построения вычислительных комплексов Борис Бабаян и др....

About the English for Research Publication Purposes Specialization

In five courses, you will acquire the knowledge and skills that are deemed to be essential to success in scientific writing. You will develop your expertise with a range of academic literacy skills and self-editing strategies to prepare a publishable manuscript that editors will take seriously. You will learn the unwritten rules of good writing to meet the requirements of modern-day research publications. You will also learn practical tools and techniques for writing an easy-to-read persuasive grant proposal and a convincing request for funding. Finally, you will gain skills necessary to communicate information obtained through a process of technical or experimental work. This Specialization is the perfect first step into the world of research publications. It is designed to take your knowledge of academic writing and turn it into an in-depth understanding of current trends in scientific writing to help you get published in an international journal, win a research project grant, or report research findings. Our general goal was to make this Specialization as convenient as possible for you without sacrificing any essential content....
 English for Research Publication Purposes

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