Minor English: English in my own Discipline

Course code:
Period 3
Language of tuition:
Faculty of Humanities
dr. G.A. Dreschler
dr. G.A. Dreschler
dr. G.A. Dreschler
Teaching method(s):

Course objective

You gain insight into the language used in various text types which are
common in your own academic discipline and the professional domains
associated with your specialization. After successfully completing this
course you will have (i) knowledge of the different types of texts
written in your own discipline, either on an academic level or in the
professional domain; (ii) insight into linguistic features related to
structure, formality and stance in one or two text types in your
discipline; and (iii) knowledge of several types of analysis and methods
used in genre analysis and corpus linguistics. You will be able to apply
these methods independently to a selection of texts from your discipline
and use the knowledge gained from these analyses in your own writing.

Course content

In the first couple of sessions, we will discuss different methods of
analysis used in linguistics for analyzing characteristics of texts and
apply them to texts. You will then choose one of these methods and apply
this in an analysis of a collection of texts in your own discipline,
present the preliminary results of your analysis, and write a final
research article in which you report on the analysis, following
conventions from linguistic papers.

Form of tuition

2 seminars of 2 hours per week in weeks 1 - 3.

Type of assessment

The grade for this course will be based on the final report (after
rewriting) (75%); and the grade for the presentation (25%). In order to
pass the course, you need a 5.5 minimum for each component.

Course reading

Materials will be made available or listed on Canvas.

Entry requirements

This course is only available as part of the <Minor Engels/Minor in
English$gt;. Students must have completed Writing 2 before embarking on
this course.

Target audience

The <Minor Engels/Minor in English$gt; as a whole is aimed at bachelor and
premaster students across the university who want to improve their
written English in an academic context. The Minor is not open for
students in the BA programme CIW who are following the specialization in


Attendance is obligatory (80% minimum). If you miss more classes, you
may still be allowed to finish the course if you submit an alternative
assignment, but only if you’ve attended 70% of the classes.

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