Sunday, 20 January 2019

Week 1

Dear students,
Today you will sign in (as you will do every class). Then, I would like to ask you to participate in a pre-course survey that I ask all my students. After that, you will write an essay on paper so that I can understand more about you and your writing for future reference. 
Please write a two-paragraph essay about a novel that you have recently read. The first paragraph should be a summary and include an in-text citation. The second paragraph should be your opinion of the novel. Finally, write a reference for the book in APA format.

(If you don't know how to write an in-text citation or a reference yet, you will learn how to do so in this course).

class attendance

pre-course survey

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Monday, 14 January 2019

Welcome to Chris Elvin's 2019 Academic Writing Class

Dear students,
Welcome to academic writing. Last year many students failed this course, so please be aware that you may fail if you do not apply yourself properly from the outset.

Some reasons for failing include:

* underlength final papers
* a lack of knowledge of academic writing 
* hubris (over-confidence in one's ability)
* cheating (copying from the Internet, for example)
* a naive and unfounded shared belief that everyone will pass the course

Grading Criteria

50 points:

A final paper of a minimum of 1500 words which includes at least seven references in the appropriate format (APA).

30 points:

A completed class workbook. This should show your integrity and learning. Therefore, do not copy from a friend (unless the teacher asks you to work in pairs), or from the internet, for example, and do not invent references for your annotated bibliography. Academic honesty is an integral part of academic writing.

class workbook

(Every week you will do one chapter of the workbook which you are expected to download and bring to class yourselves).

20 points:

A mid-term in-class test and a final in-class test


You should attend all classes. Once you arrive in class, please submit the form below. Do not abuse your attendance record.

Kind regards,

Chris Elvin

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Week 15

Dear students,
Today is your final class. You should hand in your final paper today and take a final 10- point test.
Before class you should upload your final paper to the university database via the link below. To sign in, your ID should be “student” and your password is “tGpUU5Cv”.

Aoyama University final draft upload form

Then, take a screen shot of your upload receipt and attach this to the front page of your final paper and bring this to class to hand in.

In addition, you should also upload your essay to the class spreadsheet using the form below.

Final draft upload form

Finally, you will take a written test.
You should write a summary and opinion of a story in today’s newspaper. Remember to cite your sources appropriately in APA format.

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 14

Dear students,
Today is the deadline for your first draft, which must be typed and formatted according to APA style. You should bring two copies of your first draft; one for your teacher and one for yourself which you will need to continue working on in class.

Let me check your work and give feedback if you require it.

You should also upload your first draft to my spreadsheet using the form below. The deadline for you to upload is one week from the end of today’s class.

First draft upload form

Today, please do the university course evaluation which you will find online.

Also, please fill out a questionnaire about intelligence and ability for my private research

 intelligence and ability survey

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Week 13

Dear students,
Today you will hand in your potfolios (Advanced Academic Writing Workbook units 1-10). The work you show should demonstrate your academic integrity, so please make sure not to copy from a friend or the internet, for example, or make up your references!
Ideally, your portfolio should be complete and there should be evidence of your learning progress.
After that, you should continue writing and editing your final paper. Let me see your work. The deadline for the first draft is next week.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Week 12

Dear students,
Today you will learn how to format your paper.
Chapter 10 - formatting
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 11

Dear students,
Today you will learn about cohesive devices. Please download the prints below and bring them to class.

Chapter 9

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 1

Dear students, Today you will sign in (as you will do every class). Then, I would like to ask you to participate in a pre-course survey tha...