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EFS Writing Courses

EFS Writing Courses

EFS 697 Gateway to Graduate Writing

A course in written communication with a focus on improving grammatical accuracy and vocabulary, building fluency, and learning the structure and conventions of English correspondence, reports, and short academic papers. Open to undergraduates by permission.
Offered: Autumn, Winter, Spring (1-3 units)

EFS 698A Writing Academic English

The foundation course for students writing class papers, professional publications, and theses. It covers all the essentials of organizing and executing a research paper, and leads students through an analysis of the writing conventions for their own specific fields. Areas focused on include paraphrasing, reviewing selected grammar points, and working with sentence connectors. Major assignments are writing a summary of a research article, a critical review, and a final paper. For most master's students and many doctoral students, EFS698A is the only required or recommended course. The class typically includes three or four individual meetings with the instructor to discuss your writing.
Offered: Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer  (1-3 units)

EFS 698B Advanced Graduate Writing

The followup to 698A, this course focuses on improving your efficiency in the writing process, increasing your understanding of the writing conventions in your field, and building clarity and cohesion into your writing style. In addition, it leads you through a deeper analysis of abstracts, introductions, and conclusions for academic publications. The individual tutorials (five or more) are aimed at helping you with writing you are currently doing for other purposes, such as course papers (with the permission of your professor), articles for publication, or thesis chapters. It is intended for students who meet all three of the following conditions. 

  1. You have taken EFS 698A or EFS 688 (the summer intensive course).
  2. You will be doing significant writing outside of this class during the quarter.
  3. You are willing to commit to doing all of the outside assignments.

If you do not meet all three of these conditions, you should not take the class this quarter. The only regular exception to the above is if we have required you to take the course and this is your final quarter prior to graduation or going TGR (in which case we still expect you to meet Condition 3).
Offered: Autumn, Winter, Spring  (1-3 units)

EFS 698C Writing and Presenting Research

A combination of presenting and writing of research, this course is intended for advanced students, including those working on research that will be presented at conferences and then written up as a paper or part of the conference proceedings. Besides reviewing key elements of successful oral and written presentation, it also provides opportunities to receive feedback both from the instructor and from the other students in the course.  It should normally be taken after both 691 (oral presentation) and 698B (advanced graduate writing). 
Offered: Autumn, Winter (1-3 units)

EFS 699W Advanced Writing Projects

This tutorial-based course is aimed as a follow-up to EFSLANG writing courses (see below) to support students' continuing growth as writers in their fields. It provides weekly individual meetings with an EFS instructor of around 50 minutes on one or more major writing projects, such as qualifying papers, grant proposals, papers for publication, or dissertation chapters. The meetings are structured around the student's individual writing needs. During the sessions, students receive detailed feedback on organization, style, and grammar, along with training on how to revise and edit more effectively. Space is limited, and priority is given to those who have completed one or more of the following: ENGR 202W or EFSLANG 688, 698A, 698B or 698C.
Offered: Autumn, Winter, Spring  (1 unit).

EFS 701 Online Coaching: Writing

This short course allows intensive work on a single written text of the student's choice. Students produce two drafts of their text (1000-2000 words) and meet individually with the instructor to receive substantive feedback; additionally, they review exercises and live video lessons to improve their accuracy in written English. The course meets online over three weeks: Section 1 weeks 2-4; Section 2 weeks 7-9.  Students with requirements in EFSLANG 697, 698A, or 698B must complete them before enrolling in 701.
Offered: Autumn, Winter, Spring  (1 unit).


The goal of all EFS writing courses is to lead students to become better writers through analysis, feedback, and revision. The role of  the instructor is not to serve as your editor merely to improve the final clarity and accuracy of your paper or thesis. As a courtesy, the EFS office has a listing of English tutors and editors available for hire. Contact Tracey Riesen,, for a copy of the list.

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