—— 课程团队




    考虑到学习者的实际需要,本课程还补充了3个“how to"单元: “如何写论文摘要”,“如何写留学申请信和简历”和“如何写个人陈述”。




Week 1 (Unit 1): Course Introduction

  • What is academic writing?

  • Why academic writing for Chinese students?

  • What is special about this course?

Week 2 (Unit 2): The Writing Process

  • Writing as a discovery process

  • Five steps of the writing process

  • Common prewriting techniques

  • Drafting and revising

  • Correct paper formatting

Week 3 (Units 3-4): Generating and Organizing Ideas

Unit 3: Brainstorming

  • Finding a writing topic

  • Listing as a brainstorming technique

  • Clustering as a brainstorming technique

Unit 4: Writing Outlines

  • Organizing ideas

  • Making an outline

Week 4 (Unit 5): The Five-Paragraph Essay Structure

  • The communication triangle

  • The traditional essay structure

  • The “keyhole” structure and its analysis

  • Purposes for learning the traditional essay

Week 5 (Unit 6): The Introduction, Conclusion, and Title

  • Writing the introduction

  • Writing the conclusion

  • Possible approaches to writing introductions and conclusions

  • Formulating the essay title

Week 6 (Unit 7): The Thesis Statement

  • Functions of the thesis statement in an essay

  • Position of the thesis statement

  • Formulating thesis statements

  • Featuring essay types

Week 7 (Unit 8): Paragraph Unity and Development

  • Standard paragraph structure

  • Paragraph unity

  • The topic sentence

  • Deductive and inductive organizations

  • Use of details


Week 8 (Unit 9): Paragraph Coherence

  • Logical connections

  • Transitional words and expressions

  • Information flow

  • Creating and revising for coherence




1. How to Write Abstracts

  • Questions about abstracts

  • Structure of RA abstracts

  • Writing traditional (one-paragraph) abstracts

  • Writing structured abstracts

2. Writing Application Letters and Résumé

  • Questions about application

  • Writing the cover letter

  • Writing the résumé

3. How to an Admissions Essay (or Personal Statement)   

  • Questions about the admission essay (or PS)

  • Tactics for writing the admission essay (or PS)

  • Analysis of a sample admission essay (or PS)

  • The study/research proposal












本课程配套教材:李慧辉, 刘晶. 大学英文写作.:高等教育出版社,2016年.



1.Anson, C. M. and R. A. Schwegler. (2000). The Longman handbook for writers and readers. 2nd ed. New York: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc.
2.Kanar, C. C. (2011). The College writer. 5th ed. Beijing University Press.
3.Langan, J. (2007). College writing skills with readings. 6th ed. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press. 

4. Li, H. (2016). College English writing. Beijing: Higher Education Press. 
5.Li, L. (2009). A Handbook for writing English academic paper and admissions essay. Beijing: Tsinghua University Press.
6.Zheng, C. (2008). Write to learn. Beijing: Science Publishers.


FAQ (常见问题)

  • Will I have to pay for the course?

    No.  You can take the course for free. You don’t have to pay for it unless you want to receive the NUDT Certificate of Course Accomplishment when you successfullly complete the course.

  • Will I get a Certificate of Accomplishment after completing this course?

    Yes. Anyone who successfully completes the course will receive the NUDT Certificate of Course Accomplishment signed by the instructor. The certification will be issued for two forms: the electronic and the hardcopy. The former will be free, whereas the latter will charge 100 renmibi for the prime cost. 

  • Will I get feedback on my written work?

    Yes. There are peer evaluations of your work that are the basis of the course grade. In addition, your final examination essay will be graded by our teaching staff members, and you will receive comments and suggestions for further studies.

  • Will this course provide instruction on grammar?

    No, not really. Although grammar is important and resources on grammar will be provided, this course is focused primarily on how to write essays. We will focus at times on sentence-level aspects of writing thesis statements and topic sentences, but our primary interest is in communicating your ideas effectively to readers.

  • Will the course be especially difficult if a student is not very proficient in the English language?

    Yes, perhaps. Students who take the course should have basic proficiency of the English language, because our work will involve discussions about how native speakers use English, and what different expectations they have for college writing. However, our course will have experts on English as a Second/Foreign Language to provide resources, model feedback practices, facilitate productive conversations, and provide instruction at times.

  • Will this course be geared primarily to courses of scientific and technical writing in English? 

    No, not really. This course will help you with academic writing for all disciplines but in a more general sense. We have experts working with the course who have doctorates or long years of teaching experience across literature, social sciences, humanities, and, honestly, we will not be able to address specific conventions in diverse disciplines of science and engineering. We will ask you to reflect on how you can transfer the writing knowledge you gain in this course to other writing experiences you might have in scientific research or technical communication.