The Department of Writing Studies prepares students for the rigors of academic writing in the university and beyond. We sharpen the reading and writing skills students need both for further study and for their future careers. We attempt to lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and personal inquiry.
All our faculty are themselves experienced writers who guide students in the development of their writing, reading and critical thinking abilities. Instruction combines critical reading and writing with the grammar, vocabulary, organizational and critical analysis skills necessary to effectively present academic material across the curriculum in writing once they leave our courses. We teach the fundamentals of process thinking and writing, from brainstorming and initial drafting, through thoughtful revision and finished product—activities needed in all professions.
Students in the Department of Writing Studies improve their analytical skills via exposure to a range of pertinent models of technique and style of accomplished writers. An intense focus on developing research skills is initiated and supervised by our faculty and complemented by our partnership with the Writing Center and AUS Library experts. Students learn how to avoid plagiarism by using referencing skills for a real purpose. The research skills we teach are primarily learnt so that they can better support their own argumentation. While reading and referring to the writing of experts, they also learn to think creatively and develop their own ‘voice’. Finding an appropriate balance between what we learn from others and what we contribute ourselves is central to academic literacy.
Stimulated by the vibrant, multicultural environment at AUS, students read and write about current, relevant topics. Emphasis is also placed on the multi-modal interaction of materials and instruction. Our active learning classrooms provide an ideal environment for the interactive learning approaches we promote. Our students become skilled at responding to new ideas and debating opinions with their peers in lively classroom discussions. In equipping students with these skills, our highly qualified international faculty provide young scholars with the ability to negotiate future academic assignments effectively. Our ultimate aim is to lay the foundations for the valuable written communication skills applicable to all aspects of their future lives whether in local, professional or international communities.
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