Identifying Data 2019/20
Subject (*) Writing and Argumentation Skills Code 613G03027
Study programme
Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
Descriptors Cycle Period Year Type Credits
Graduate 1st four-month period
Third Optional 4.5
Teaching method Face-to-face
Department Letras
Gomez Blanco, Carlos Juan
Gomez Blanco, Carlos Juan
General description O principal obxectivo deste curso é mellorar as habilidades de argumentación e escritura no idioma escrito inglés.
Consolidación de competencias C1.
Contingency plan

Study programme competencies
Code Study programme competences
A6 Ter un dominio instrumental avanzado oral e escrito da lingua inglesa.
A8 Ter dominio instrumental oral e escrito dunha segunda lingua estranxeira.
A9 Elaborar textos orais e escritos de diferente tipo en lingua galega, española e inglesa.
A10 Ter capacidade para avaliar criticamente o estilo dun texto e para formular propostas alternativas e correccións.
A11 Ter capacidade para avaliar, analizar e sintetizar criticamente información especializada.
A18 Dominar a gramática da lingua inglesa.
A19 Coñecer a situación sociolingüística da lingua inglesa.
A20 Coñecer a variación lingüística da lingua inglesa.
B1 Utilizar os recursos bibliográficos, as bases de datos e as ferramentas de busca de información.
B3 Adquirir capacidade de autoformación.
B4 Ser capaz de comunicarse de maneira efectiva en calquera contorno.
B6 Ter capacidade de organizar o traballo, planificar e xestionar o tempo e resolver problemas de forma efectiva.
B7 Ter capacidade de análise e síntese, de valorar criticamente o coñecemento e de exercer o pensamento crítico.
B8 Apreciar a diversidade.
B10 Comportarse con ética e responsabilidade social como cidadán/á e profesional.
C2 Dominar a expresión e a comprensión de forma oral e escrita dun idioma estranxeiro.
C7 Asumir como profesional e cidadán a importancia da aprendizaxe ao longo da vida.
C8 Valorar a importancia que ten a investigación, a innovación e o desenvolvemento tecnolóxico no avance socioeconómico e cultural da sociedade.

Learning aims
Learning outcomes Study programme competences
Linguistic features of academic writing A8
Know how to write an abstract A18
How to write an introduction to an academic paper A6
How to describe materials and methods A6
How to present results in a paper A6
How to express your view in a academic paper A6
How to write conclusions from data in an academic environment A6
How a write reports A6

Topic Sub-topic
Textual varieties Informative / creative
Fomal / informal
Br & Am English
Form and content. Organization of discourse.
Linguistic features of academic writing Challenges these features present to comprehension and composition of science texts
Elements of an academic paper & posters Abstracts
Materials and methods
Presenting and discussing results
Expressing Opinion and Integrating Evidence in Academic Writing
Writing Conclusions
Creating bibliographies
Getting published
Reports: Assessment reports Informative reports Survey reports Proposal reports Points to consider:
-Parts of a report
-Passive voice
-Useful language
Articles, News Reports & Reviews Articles News reports Reviews Points to consider:
Useful language

Methodologies / tests Competencies Ordinary class hours Student’s personal work hours Total hours
Workshop A10 6 20 26
Long answer / essay questions A6 A9 A19 A20 7 27.5 34.5
Completion exercises A18 B7 C2 3 1.5 4.5
Seminar A8 A11 6.5 24 30.5
Critical bibliographical B1 3 4 7
Collaborative learning B3 B4 B6 B8 B10 C7 C8 3 5 8
Personalized attention 2 0 2
(*)The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.

Methodologies Description
Workshop The teacher acts as a mentor author, modeling writing techniques and conferring with students as they move through the writing process. Direct writing instruction takes place in the form of a mini-lesson at the beginning of each workshop and is followed by a minimum of 45 minutes of active writing time. Each workshop ends with a sharing of student work.
Long answer / essay questions These long answers should be
FOCUSED: Your response should answer all parts of the question without a lot of random ideas which have little or nothing to do with the question.
STRUCTURED: You know the answer to the question but your ability to communicate that knowledge to your professor depends on how well you structure your answer.
DOCUMENTED: Contrary to the True/False or Multiple Choice Question, your essay answer must go beyond a simple statement of fact.
WELL PRESENTED: Students who do not use the accepted rules of English are often tought to be less competent or knowledgeable than those who do.
Completion exercises These exercises involve selecting the best word or pair of words from a list to complete the sentence.In some other cases the students will have to rewrite the sentence in order to gain flexibility in the language.
Seminar Writing Seminars all focus on the skills necessary for effective critical reading and writing. Students, through practice and guidance, master essential strategies and techniques of academic inquiry and argument.
Critical bibliographical A critical bibliography is primarily a test of your critical appraisal skills: can you analyze the central concepts and arguments of the material, as well as summarize its content?
Collaborative learning Collaborative learning is a method of teaching and learning in which students team together to explore a significant question or create a meaningful project. A group of students discussing a lecture or students from different schools working together over the Internet on a shared assignment are both examples of collaborative learning.

Personalized attention
Completion exercises
Long answer / essay questions
Teachers responsible for the course will be available to students in our offices in the tutorials hours, as well as via moodle, phone and email.

Teacher or Tutors will help students attain their goals, gain self-confidence, and acquire solid study techniques to pave the road to success

Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Workshop A10 The practical sessions will be devoted to exercises and writings. These exercises are designed to help students enhance their writing skills and argumentation in English so it is important to attend these seminars and follow them attentively. 30
Completion exercises A18 B7 C2 The students must sit an examination in which they will be asked to write documents or to organize the information in a logical way or to correct texts similar to those that have been used in class. 30
Long answer / essay questions A6 A9 A19 A20 AN INDIVIDUAL ACADEMIC ESSAY: Students will write an essay of 4 pp. on a "topic" from a list provided in class. 40
Assessment comments

-To compute the final grade which will be awarded to the exam, students must have passed most of the activities of the subject. If they fail the course, all activities not done, as well as the final exam, must be recovered in July. 

There is a minimum mark per part:  1.1 out of 3 and 1.6 out of 4.

Those who are officially
registered as part-time students, and have been granted permission not
to attend classes, as stipulated in the regulations of this University,
will be assessed in either of the opportunities according to the same
criteria specified for the second opportunity.

Students who do not sit their tests in January or July will be scored "No presentado", if  more than 50% of activities during the course are not submitted, they will be scored "suspenso" 

-Assignments should be submitted in a timely manner to avoid being automatically disqualified. 

In case of plagiarism (i.e. copying) in the written work or workshop exercises, oral presentation, or mixed test, students will be  automatically graded as "suspenso". Work may be tested through Turnitin in order to detect
wrong citations, plagiarism or any other type of fraud. Should this occur, the
rules for plagiarism will be applied. (Normas
de avaliación, revisión e reclamación das cualificacións dos estudos de grao e
mestrado universitario). Turnitin recognises papers previously
turned in by other people (or the student him/herself) at this university or
other universities, as well as other material found on Internet. 

-The only language used in class work and examinations will be English.

-Students are required to present linguistically accurate work (including correct spelling, punctuation, etc.) appropriate to their level of studies. Failure to do so will bring penalization.

Students who have not attended classes regularly and sit only the  July opportunity, will be assessed in the following way:

An essay (50%) and an exam (50%). Only the exams  and essays SCORED 5 /10 or above will be considered PASSED.

Sources of information
Basic Woodward-Kron, R. And Thomson, E. (2000). A text based guide to academic writing. CD-Rom.. Dept. Of Modern Languges, University of Wollongong.
Jordon R. R. (1992). Academic Writing Course. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson and Sons
Swales, J. M. and Feak, C. B. (1994). Academic Writing for Graduate Students.. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan
Zinsser, William (2001). On Writing Well. New York: Collins
Fowler, H. R. and Aaron, J. E. (1992). The Little Brown Handbook. New York: Harper Collins
Oshima, A. & Hogue, A. (1991). Writing Academic English (2nd. Ed.). California: Addison Wesley

APA Style Manual (2010). The APA Style Manual.

Chicago Manual of Style Guide.

Cory, Hugh (2000). Advanced Writing with English in Use. Oxford: OUP

MLA Handbook. 8th Edition


Subjects that it is recommended to have taken before
Lingua Inglesa 1/613G03003
Lingua Inglesa 2/613G03008
Lingua Inglesa 3/613G03015
Lingua Inglesa 4/613G03019

Subjects that are recommended to be taken simultaneously
English Grammar/613G03025

Subjects that continue the syllabus
English Grammar/613G03025

Other comments

(*)The teaching guide is the document in which the URV publishes the information about all its courses. It is a public document and cannot be modified. Only in exceptional cases can it be revised by the competent agent or duly revised so that it is in line with current legislation.