Teaching Academic Writing (ILT008)


This course is for anyone who want to help students develop their academic writing in ways that are accepted and expected in their disciplines. It is for those who teach writing development (or wish to do so)  in 1-1 tutorials or in small groups, and those who want to incorporate writing advice in their modules. You will engage with and reflect on literature, learn about the principles and practice of good writing advice, and complete activities to develop your understanding. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will be able to facilitate effective academic writing teaching and learning sessions. This is because you will have:

  • identified features of 'successful' academic writing in undergraduate scripts (focus on the product)
  • developed the ability to recognise some common difficulties associated with essay-writing at undergraduate level (common concerns)
  • considered a range of strategies that can help students develop to become successful academic writers (focus on the process)
  • identified and acknowledged ways of providing formative feedback in a range of formal and informal teaching and learning situations

What participants have told us:

- "The course was important in providing tangible, transferable examples of questions and exercises to work on with students. This is immensely helpful as a source of best practice and a great way of ensuring the learnings from this course can be applied easily in teaching (especially for teachers who may have had less formalised training on teaching academic writing)".

- "One of the most important points in this course was encouraging academic writing practitioners to use their teaching and feedback in a way which empowers students to have the confidence to apply the advice and examples provided for future work".

- "I  found the example tutorial questions really useful as it gave examples for each academic writing scenario that may arise e.g. discursive, open 'planning' question examples for students who have trouble managing all the material they have read".

Format and Requirements

All our courses are available on-line, so that you can take them at a time that suits you, from wherever you are based, and will have access to the materials throughout  your time at the UoB.

You are required to spend up to three hours working through an ILT. Your participation will only be registered after you completed the course, and you have actively contributed to the discussion task. Your deadline is the end of the month that you have been registered. If you were registered in the last week of a month, then the end of the next month is your deadline. Each academic year you will be able to participate in our ILT courses from the beginning of September until the end of June. 

Note that we have aimed to make the Canvas courses as accessible as possible but that we will also be happy to provide material in alternative formats; just let us know what you need.


 To request a place please complete the online booking form. 

  • ILT008 Booking Form
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Please note that bookings will be processed within two working days, and that all confirmations and course information will be sent to your university email address.


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