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EIL4003 - English as a Tool for Writing Research

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr. Farzad Sharifian and Ms. Lorraine Bullock


Not offered in 2007


This unit covers the cultural, sociological and rhetorical aspects of research writing. During the unit students consider the role of the writer and the construction of an individual voice within the constraints of the research paper. Both the role of the writer and the expectations of the reader play an important part in approach to any research project. Finally, with the expansion of the Web as a resource for information, students consider the evaluation of web-based materials and sites as part of their research, looking at how this evaluation takes a different focus to that of the published journal article or scholarly text book.


Upon the successful completion of this unit, students will have developed the ability to:

  1. Construct a research proposal,
  2. Recognise the importance of deadlines and set priorities in research and writing,
  3. Understand the research task as a culturally determined process,
  4. Present original ideas and findings directly in a clear, reasoned and compelling manner,
  5. Recognise the various genres related to the research task,
  6. Compose a dissertation abstract using academic language structures,
  7. Recognise the place for the individual voice within the academic text,
  8. Avoid inappropriate language, for examples colloquialisms, informal expressions and emotional appeals,
  9. Understand the presentation, style, structure and mechanics expected in this discourse community, and
  10. Evaluate the research found on the web in terms of its appropriateness and academic application.


Summary of web-based research material (1000 words) : 15%
Oral Presentation of research proposal (500 words) : 10%
Construction of an Abstract (500 words) : 20%
Final Research Proposal (1500 words) : 30%
Short literature review related to the Proposal (1000 words) : 20% +
Final Research Proposal (1500 words) : 30%
Seminar participation and preparation 5%

Contact hours

1 two-hour seminar per week.


The successful completion of an undergraduate degree in any field, An IELTS score of 6.0, where no band is less that 5.5