Course curriculum

  • 1


    • A message from your instructor

    • Course Overview and Outline

    • Writing Sample

    • Writing Sample Critique

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    Thesis Statements + Argument Styles

    • Introduction to Thesis Statements

    • Introduction to Argument Styles

    • Critiquing Thesis Statements

    • Writing Sample Discussions

    • Claims vs. Arguments

    • Test your learning

  • 3

    Integrating Sources

    • Pair Writing

    • Integrating Sources Strategies

    • Citations and Research

    • Analyzing Source Credibility

    • Paraphrasing Claims

  • 4

    Developing Rhetoric

    • Forms of Rhetoric

    • Rhetorical Strategy Techniques

    • Rhetoric Examples

    • Rhetoric Example Analysis


Senior Writing Instructor

Tim Louthan

Tim graduated from Princeton University with a Master’s Degree and 3.9/4.0 GPA. He specializes in coaching students in Academic Writing for the U.S. Collegiate Classroom, and has extensive experience as a graduate writing coach. Tim offers a strong liberal arts background with an emphasis on global affairs and international studies, and leads courses designed for students overseas to build their English proficiency in speech and on paper. He especially knows how to help Chinese students polish their English reading and writing skills so that they feel confident and prepared to demonstrate academic leadership in the Western classroom.

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Course Goals

Students will challenge themselves through this course. They will:

  • Understand the areas of academic writing they will master in the course, including thesis statements, argument styles, using sources, and developing rhetoric

  • Get an overview of the level of academic writing needed to succeed abroad.

  • Master the art of summarizing and paraphrasing academic literature

  • Learn proper techniques to reading, comprehending, and analyzing academic excerpts.

  • Receive personalized feedback and writing critiques, and live workshops with expert writing coaches