Academic English Needs: Writing

Use the following table to find out what your academic English language needs for writing are and your ability in each area. You can then work out your priorities.

WRITING

How important is it for you to perform these tasks well in English?

How well can you perform these tasks in English?

 

Not important

Quite important

Very important

Essential

Not at all

Not well

Quite well

Very well

                 

1. Essays

               
2. Case studies                

3. Reports (of experiments etc)

               
4. Other research reports                
5. Reflective writing                
6. Literature review                

7. Other assignments

               

8. Practical writing (eg letters)

               

9. Workbook exercises

               

10. Exam answers (short answers)

               

11. Exam answers (1 or 2 paragraphs)

               

12. Exam answers (longer than 2 paragraphs)

               

13. Group projects

               
14. Research proposal                

15. Writing grammatically

               

16. Linking sentences in writing

               

17. Creating well structured paragraphs

               

18. Acknowledging sources

               

19. Writing a list of references

               
20. Avoiding plagiarism                

21. Developing an argument

               
22. Writing summaries                

23. Writing descriptions

               

24. Writing introductions and conclusions

               

25. Organising and planning writing

               

26. Spelling

               

27. Punctuation

               
28. Finding your voice                

29. Use of appropriate style

               

30. Handwriting

               

31. Choosing appropriate vocabulary

               

32. Other writing activity (please specify)