Materials: Needs Writing

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.


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


Not at all

Not well

Quite well

Very well


1. Essays


2. Case studies


3. Reports (of experiments etc)


4. Dissertations and/or theses


5. Other research reports


6. Reflective writing


7. Literature review


8. Other assignments


9. Practical writing (eg letters)


10. Workbook exercises


11. Exam answers (short answers)


12. Exam answers (1 or 2 paragraphs)


13. Exam answers (longer than 2 paragraphs)


14. Group projects


15. Research proposal


16. Writing grammatically


17. Linking sentences in writing


18. Creating well structured paragraphs


19. Acknowledging sources


20. Writing a list of references


21. Avoiding plagiarism


22. Developing an argument


23. Writing summaries


24. Writing descriptions


25. Writing introductions and conclusions


26. Organising and planning writing


27. Spelling


28. Punctuation


29. Finding your voice


30. Use of appropriate style


31. Handwriting


32. Choosing appropriate vocabulary


33. Other writing activity (please specify)

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