XENB002 Academic Writing for Master's Students: Writing that Flows (2 cr)

Study level:
Other studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Responsible organisation:
Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024



How do you get an academic text to flow, so that it not only communicates to the reader what you want to say, but also provides an enjoyable reading experience? This course provides you with useful writing strategies to make your Master's thesis more readable and increase the flow that characterizes a good piece of writing. You will learn how to:

  • use certain expected rhetorical moves in your thesis writing so that it is academically acceptable
  • create paragraphs which follow a predictable structure
  • use pronouns and noun phrases more deliberately to link sentences and paragraphs
  • use conjunctions and transitional words and phrases carefully to highlight the logic and sequence of ideas
  • use sentences to preview and summarize the organization of a scientific text
  • check that lists in your text are parallel
Completion methods

This course has a workshop format, with short lectures and in-class application and practice. Students will work individually, in pairs and in small groups. Homework will include writing assignments and practice tasks.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students are expected to:

  • Recognize and understand how the principles and strategies of cohesion and coherence affect the clarity, communicative effectiveness and social acceptability of an academic text
  • Use metatext to guide the reader through their thesis
  • Use expected rhetorical moves to deliberately highlight the logic and sequence of ideas in Master's thesis
  • Connect ideas between sentences and paragraphs by using cohesive markers
  • Create paragraphs that follow a predictable structure
  • Use online tools to support the above.

Additional information

XENB-courses are NOT intended for short-term exchange students or students in JYU's English-medium master’s degree programmes that have XENX009 Integrated Research Communication as a required course.


Description of prerequisites

This module is recommended for students who have completed all their degree specific compulsory English courses at JYU, are at least at C1 (advanced) level in English, and are presently writing or starting to write their Master's thesis at JYU in English

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Attendance in all sessions, active participation in class and successful completion of all assignments is required. Continuous assessment and self-assessment.
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Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail