ENGL 219

The Textbook: Academic Writing; A Handbook for International Students, by Stephen Bailey


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Our Section's Coverage


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Project Assessment- click here

Grammar Requirements

Click here to go to the Grammar page.

  1. Cover the ones related to ENGL 154 (highlighted in green and yellow)

  2. Cover the new lessons suggested on ENGL 155's webpage in the Grammar box.

  3. From Grammar webpage, study lessons 26, 30 and 32.

Outline & Structure
a. Your research project will consist of the following parts:
  • title page
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abstract
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Literature Review
  • Chapter 3: Methods (or Methodology or Research Design)
  • Chapter 4: Results (or Findings)
  • Chapter 5: Discussion (or Analysis)
  • Chapter 6: Conclusion
  • References
  • Appendices*
b. Start with choosing a topic, setting your goal and objectives, and then fill the proposal. Send it to your research supervisor. Once approved, then start writing the project using the proposal as your guide and using the structure explained above.

1. Academic documents' format


2. How to choose your research topic (video: 4 minutes)


3. Developing your research question (video 4 minutes)


Samples of general topics and ideas developed into a specific title/ creating a research focus


4. What is a S.M.A.R.T. objective? (image)


5. Structure of Research Proposal (Word doc)

A student research proposal SAMPLE 1

A student research proposal SAMPLE 2 


6. Types of Technical Reports  



7. Using direct and indirect quotes (slides as PDF)

Your Reference Section/Chapter

8. How to write your literature review (2 videos)

9. What is Literature Review/ Background

Newly Added!!!!  Sample 2 of a Background section

To start constructing your Literature Review

You need to start to collect information about your topic in books and journals (especially e-journals). Find the latest on the topic, any related statistics or facts. Remember to document the source (author, title, publisher, year of publication, and if a journal: the volume and issue number). 

10. Essay Structure 01 (video)


11. Essay structure 02 (doc- plan) 


12. Useful Words and Phrases for Academic Writing (PDF)


13. !!!PHRASE BANK (notice the list on the top with purpose background)!!!


14. Examples of Good Paraphrasing


15. Another Example of Paraphrasing with Explanation why one is good and the other is not


16. Balanced Sentences: Parallel Structure



17. Important notes about common mistakes (based on students' work)


18. You Bibliography (Harvard Style)- See table starting on p. 5

Sample Literature review with Harvard Style HERE 


19. Example 1 of Data Commentary

       Example 2 of Data Commentary

Exercise: Writing data commentary (for a table and a figure)


20. Sample introduction

21. Sample conclusion 

23. Sample  abstract 

23. Sample Preliminary Pages (cover, acknowledgements, TOC, List of Tables, List of Figures) with correct page numbering

Designing Your Methodology

1. Qualitative Research 

Quantitative Research


2. Research designs

3. Collecting Qualitative & Quantitative Data


4. Designing & using interviews and questionnaires 


Guide to Writing Survey Questions


5. Designing Your Methodology

  • Use the the student sample below.

  • Use the Bank of Phrases (under the section called Outline and Structure) and use suitable academic phrases from there. 

  • From the textbook, you need to use the following sections: 4.4 (Designing and reporting Surveys).

Sample Student Methodology

Forms and Assignments

Exams and Assessments

Midterm Exam- Layout and sample

1. Sentence Structure

Run-ons and Fragments exercise for the Midterm

Run-ons and Fragments and Comma splices exercise for the Midterm

Sentence fragments for midterm practice HERE 


2. Report Parts

Sample Report Parts HERE terminology Exercise -1 and another exercise HERE 


3. Passive Voice

Passive voice practise HERE  Also see Grammar webpage.


4. Summarising and Paraphrasing

Summarising practice (you need to paraphrase at the same time ) HERE  - also use Points 7, 14 and 15 from the Green Box above


5. Academic Vocabulary

Vocabulary Exercise (based on Lessons 3.3 and 3.4 in the textbook) HERE 




Oral Presentation

How to prepare your PowerPoint show HERE (the visual aspect of your presentation)

How to speak and present HERE (the organisational aspect of your presentation)


Slide 1: Title (Name of the university, your college, the title of the project, your name)

Slide 2: Contents (Title of the upcoming slides)

Slide 3: Topic (write the heading as a subtitle, provide only key words of most important points you need to say using bullet points)

Slide 4: Research Goal and Objectives

Slide 5: Method

Slide 6, 7, 8 (and if you need two more, it's ok) Findings

Slide 9: Conclusions and Recommendations

Slide 10: References

Submission of Project

Project Checklist is HERE

Final Exam (Semester 2, 2018-19) 40 marks

1. Writing a short report  20 marks

(introduction, methodology, findings and analysis, conclusion and recommendations). You will be given a title and two graphs to use for the findings. Structure and language are both important. 

Follow guidelines provided in class. Prepare some useful phrases from phrase bank and from the sample report parts I provided on this webpage. Pay attention to language mistakes I correct in your drafts.

Other book lessons that are useful: 2.13, 2.3, 2.4, 2.8, 3.6, 1.10, 4.5, 2.1, 2.14, 1.11.

Useful tips and prompts for writing these sections HERE

2. Reported Speech 

  • Video lesson 1 HERE 

  • Video Lesson 2 HERE

  • Time and Place in reported speech, a chart HERE

  • Verb Tense in reported speech, a chart HERE

  • Exercises HERE. Start all with 'She said'

3. Grammar 

  • Multiple choice questions on general grammar, lessons learnt before and that affect your writing (prepositions of time an place, verb tenses, mainly from ENGL 154, active or passive voice from our midterm).

  • Relevant book lessons: Part 3, lesson Prepositions, Punctuations, Verbs - passive, Verbs- tenses. Find these lessons on my Grammar webpage too.

4. References 

  • You should be able to write references of a book with one author, a book with two authors, an webpage, and a journal article. Capitalisation and punctuation matter and affect your grading beside putting the elements in the correct order.  

  • Handout with Exercises HERE

Tip: Finish Q2, 3 and 4 in 10-15 minutes (but carefully as they add up to 20 marks) and then focus on Q1,Writing the report. question the rest of the time. 

Sample FINAL EXAM matching Sem 2, 2018-19  HERE (use the skills of reported speech (as in Q2 above) to write a paragraph or two on the interview data.  Consider it a reference , and the source will be the interviewee, and the year will be the year of the interview. 

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