Writing skills

The Writing Skills module consists of step-by-step courses that focus on learning goals. These help students develop English-language writing products relevant for their studies, projects and profession.

Students’ writing proficiency largely determines the quality of the final product. This goes beyond correct grammar and spelling: the correct idiom, focus on the target group (register, intercultural differences), correct format and structure (international format) and British vs. American English are equally important. The courses all focus on international communication in English.

Depending on the degree programme’s language policy and teaching plan, the lecturer determines which courses are relevant and how they are used. This can vary from “study the teaching materials” to a learning process that ends with: “Now create your own writing product, assess it yourself, ask your peers for feedback and submit it to me.” Each course can be used for a single study hour, but also for 5 to 10 hours, either primarily for independent study or for fully class-based education.

Each course offers study materials, cases based on professional practice, questions and assignments at all Bloom levels and lists with clear assessment criteria.

Short writing for the workplace

  • Writing formal letters of complaint
  • Writing emails for the workplace
  • Writing informational memos
  • Writing for LinkedIn
  • Writing motivation letters

Writing reports and essays

  • Writing reports
  • Writing executive summaries
  • Writing argumentative essays
  • Writing about graphs

Writing skills

  • Avoiding wordiness
  • Using linking words
  • Writing for argumentation
  • Writing dates and times
  • Writing SMART
  • Writing with intercultural differences in mind
  • Understanding proposals
  • Useful words and phrases

Reference

  • Words to watch out for
  • Basic business collocations
  • Punctuation usage checklist
  • Referencing and citing sources

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