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Advanced essay-writing workshop - P

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Marie Emilie Walz
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2013 -> 2013

Pas d'horaire défini.

Travaux pratiques

Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


This seven-week class starts on March 20 and ends on May 8!

This workshop focuses on the theory and methodology of essay-writing (and bibliographical research).

The general aim of the workshop is to help students become more confident and efficient with their essay-writing, and to gain a better knowledge and appreciation of the essay genre.

At the end of the workshop, students should be able to:

- describe, identify, and discuss the main features of a critical essay;
- plan, research, and produce critical essays individually;
- comment on and evaluate their own essay-writing work and that of others.


The program of the workshop is threefold:

- discussions (in the classroom) of topics related to the theory and methodology of essay-writing (including examples from essays by UNIL students and published articles);
- exercises (in the classroom) connected to the various skills involved in essay-writing;
- individual work in the form of a (brief) blog documenting the completion of a written assignment due in another English Department class.

Examples and exercises used in the workshop will mostly cover modern literature. Students will be free to document an assignment in medieval literature or linguistics for their individual work if they so wish.


The workshop is wholly optional and does not provide credits. It will be attested separately provided that the student:

- regularly takes part in classroom activities (discussions and exercises);
- maintains, and submits for validation, a (brief) learning journal or blog;
- takes part in an individual meeting at the end of the semester.


Basic class material is available for download (PDF) from the English Department website:

- EDGE: The English Department Guide to Essay-Writing. 10th ed. 2013;
- PPG: Peter's Pragmatic Guide to Idiomatic English. 17th ed. 2013;
- Manual for Writers of Papers in English Linguistics. 2009.

More material will be provided (also for download) during the workshop.

Exigences du cursus d'études

The workshop is open to:

- all second-part-BA students in English (2013 BA);
- second-part-BA students with English as "discipline de base" (2005 BA, DB);
- second-part-BA students with English as "discipline complémentaire" who have successfully completed both components of English Composition (2005 BA, DCI);
- MA students with English as "discipline complémentaire" (2007 MA, DCII);
- all exchange students, "auditeurs libres," etc. attending at least one other class in English.

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