Academic Writing Program Fall 2016

Academic Writing Program Fall 2016

This course consists of 9 classes which are divided into 3 steps. All graduate students are encouraged to partake in the step which best suits their academic writing needs concerning the concepts of academic writing and areas in which improvements may be necessary.

Step 1 (week 1 - 3)

Preparing for Graduate-level Writing

This is a preparatory writing step that is designed to help graduate students develop the linguistic, rhetorical, and strategic competencies that they will need to succeed at Ritsumeikan University. The focus of this step is to raise awareness of and increase familiarity with the conventions of academic discourse and to improve students’ general skills in academic writing.

Step 2 (week 4 - 8)

Developing Graduate-level Writing

This step will help graduate students cope with specific requirements of academic reports and research papers. Topics include problem areas in style and accuracy, word choice, development and organization of ideas, writing abstracts and literature reviews, and incorporating sources and quotations.

Step 3 (week 9)

Finalizing Your Academic Paper

Finalizing Your Academic Paper This is a step for graduate students to help finalize their English academic reports and research papers. The objective is for them to check their own writing making sure that the content and language used is prefect before submitting the final paper.

Course Outline

Week Theme
1 Essay and Assignment Planning
2 Paragraph Structure and Cohesion
3 Common Errors and Writing Accuracy
4 Components of a Research Paper
5 Paraphrasing, Quoting, and Referencing
6 The Introduction and Thesis Statement
7 Body and Conclusion
8 Writing the Abstract
9 Revising and Final Editing

Time and Place

Campus Date Time Place
KIC Saturday Oct 8 
Saturday Oct 15
10:40 - 17:50 KOSHINKAN 722
BKC Every Monday
Oct 24 - Dec 19
Period 3
13:00 - 14:30
OIC Every Friday
Oct 21 - Dec 16
Period 3
13:00 - 14:30


Graduate students officially enrolled at Ritsumeikan University
*There is no tuition fee for taking part in this non-credit program.

How to apply

Applications can be made online through the following website:




*Application period: Sep23 - Oct 14
*We will stop accepting applications when the application reaches its quota.


Office of Graduate Studies
TEL : 075-465-8195