Course Meeting Times
Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session
A placement test and the permission of the instructor.
If you are a junior, senior or graduate student in the sciences or engineering at MIT and if your English skills are advanced but your writing needs further development, 21G.225 / 6 is the right place for you. This workshop is grounded in current applied linguistics and genre research; and it provides the opportunity to analyze, practice and receive feedback on many of the types of professional and academic documents that you will write in your engineering or science studies and careers. You will find the workshop most productive if you are already engaged in a research project; you can then use the literature and data related to own research in the course assignments.
The workshop content builds cumulatively; each module and assignment builds on the one before. Class members are frequently the authors of the work under review and are occasionally responsible for leading group discussions and making short presentations. Regular attendance, timely completion of assignments, and constructive participation throughout the semester are crucial to the learning process and to the success of the workshop.
Goals and Expectations
In 21G.225 / 6, you can expect to improve efficiency and fluency through drafting, revising, and sharing in the writing process. You will learn how to anticipate reader’s needs and meet their expectations. You will become familiar with appropriate genre conventions in your discipline. You will sharpen your editing skills to increase accuracy in sentence structure and word choice, and you will develop confidence in yourself as a global professional.
For further detail, see Goals of the Advanced Workshop for Writing in Science & Engineering.
Required Texts and Materials
Caplan, Nigel A. Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers (Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes). University of Michigan Press ELT, 2012. ISBN: 9780472035014.
Day, Robert A., and Barbara Gastel. How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. 7th ed. Greenwood, 2011. ISBN: 9780313391972.
Hacker, Diana, and Barbara Fister. Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age. 5th ed. Bedford / St. Martin’s, 2010. ISBN: 9780312566722.
Houghton Mifflin Company. The American Heritage Dictionary. 5th ed. Dell, 2012. ISBN: 9780553583229.
Oxford University Press. New Oxford American Dictionary. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780195392883.
A published formal, academic article, or model paper, reporting on research from a respected English language, refereed academic journal in your field, or from Nature. The article must include an abstract, subheadings, figures, tables and references. The article may not be a letter or conference proceedings. Bring one copy to the instructor; have another copy with you in every 21G.225 / 6 class.
For more of the course readings, please see the table in the Readings section.
Punctuality, attendance, preparation and participation
Short exercises (5)
In-class, open-book quizzes (5)
|Short formal papers (3)||30%|
|Final long paper||25%|
For more information on the papers listed in the table above, see the Assignments section.