Academic and Professional Reading and Writing Programme
Academic and Professional Reading and Writing Programme
About the Course
In the past decades researchers discovered a mutual relationship between a student’s academic reading skills and academic success and influence. Some of the greatest Muslim scholars throughout history are recognised because of their writing and how their thoughts were articulated in their ability to write well. Good Reading and writing skills are an essential form of communication in all walks of life. Words are everything as they give the world and life and everything in it meaning. Strong communication through words is what keeps most of the world moving in the same general direction and has the greatest impact on people of all walks of life. It utilizes one’s intelligence, education, and critical-thinking skills. Writers excel in their areas of interest as well as other areas because of this talent. They can convey thoughts in
the writing form, ideas that can ultimately entertain a reader, attract a client and woo a potential customer. In several real-world ways, people who are good writers can influence the world. Learning a variety of writing skills isn’t as difficult as you may think. We’ve put together a unique course to help you make dramatic improvements to the quality of your writing.
This course is a hands‐on course designed to impart education in the foundational methods, techniques and skills of reading and writing well. This course will teach skills in Academic reading and writing for both professional activities as well as social. Once equipped with this knowledge set, and skills, participants would be well‐placed to be able to write well in all settings and also be informed on how one can get their works published as a book, magazine or a paper in a journal. In addition to their application in an academic setting, many of the methodologies discussed in this course will be similar to those deployed in professional reading and writing environments and beyond.
Teaching methods include readings, lectures, group discussions, exercises, and assignments. Lectures are designed such that ensure greater scholar participation. Students will be provided with the opportunity to apply their learning to a subject matter of their own choice in the field of Islamic studies, while increasing awareness about various types of resources that will be of use during the course of their studies. There will be activities and discussion topics to prompt and encourage reflection on thinking and reasoning themselves. Read more
- About this course
- Importance of Reading well
- Importance of Writing well
- Common writing Mistakes
2. How to Read Well
- Approach to text
- Active and Critical Reading
- Identifying Conclusions and Premises
- Outline, Paraphrase and Summarise
- Evaluating the Argument
3. How to Read an Argument
- Premises and Conclusions
- Deductive and Inductive Arguments
- Coherence of Conclusion and Premises
- True Premises
- Applying Rules
4. Rules of Style and Content
- Writing to your audience
- Avoiding Pretentiousness
- Overstating Premises and Conclusions
- Fair treatment of Opponents and Opposers
- Writing Clearly
- Inappropriate Emotional Appeals
- Caution with Assumptions
- Writing in First Person
- Discriminatory Language
5. Defending a Thesis in an Argumentative Essay
- Basic Essay Structure
- Writing the Essay : Step by Step
- Draft and Revising Drafts
- Producing Final Drafts
6. Avoiding Fallacious Reasoning
- Straw Man
- Appeal to Person
- Appeal to Popularity
- Appeal to Tradition
- Genetic Fallacy
- Appeal to Ignorance
- False Dilemma
- Begging the Question
- Hasty Generalization
- Slippery Slope
- Composition and Division
7. Using, Quoting and Citing Sources
- When and How to Quote Sources
- Citing Sources
8. Citing Arabic Sources
- When and How to Quote Arabic Sources
- Citing Sources, Qurān and aḥadīth
- Bibliographies/ Editions
9. Writing Effective Sentences
- Subject and Verb Agreements
- Parallel Ideas and Forms
- Non-Fragmented Sentences
- Connecting Independent Clauses
- Delete the Deadwood
- Tense, Voice, Number and Person
- Pronoun References
10. Choosing Right Words
- Noun and Verb Choice
- Active Voice
- Specific Terms
- Connotation of Words
- Distinguishing Words
- Freshness and Cliches
- Mixing Metaphors
- Awkward Repetition
11. Principles of Writing
- The Transaction
- The Audience
- The lead and the ending
- Bits and Piecesv
- Nonfiction as Literature
- Writing about People : The Interview
- Writing about Yourself : The Memoir
- Science and Technology
- Business Writing
- Writing about Arts: Critics and Columnists
- Writing Politics and Society
- Writing Humour
- Writing Theology
- Writing Philosophy
- report writing, and APA format –
- Sound of Voice
- Enjoyment, Fear and Confidence
- The Final Product
- Writers Decisions
15. Writing in Social Media
- Writing Toolbox
- Writing Tips
- Using Hashtags
- Active vs Passive Voice
- Putting Audience First
- Types of Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Tweet, LinkedIn etc
- What to Avoid
16. How to Publish your Work
- Preparing your Book or Essay for Publication
- Publishing Your Book with the Help of a Literary Agent
- Publishing Your Book by Contacting the Publisher Directly
- Self Publish Your Book
- How to Publish a research Paper
2.Importance of Reading well
3.Importance of Writing well
5.Common Writing Mistakes.
2..Active and Critical Reading
3.Identifying Conclusions and Premises
4.Outline, Paraphrase and Summarise
5.Evaluating the Argument
2.Deductive and Inductive Arguments
3.Coherence of Conclusion and Premises
3.Overstating Premises and Conclusions
4.Fair treatment of Opponents and Opposers
6.Inappropriate Emotional Appeals
7.Caution with Assumptions
8.Writing in First Person
2.Writing the Essay : Step by Step
3.Draft and Revising Drafts
4.Producing Final Drafts
2.Appeal to Person
3.Appeal to Popularity
4.Appeal to Tradition 5.Genetic Fallacy
7.Appeal to Ignorance
9.Begging the Question
12.Composition and Division.
3.Citing Sources, Qurān and aḥadīth
2.Parallel Ideas and Forms
4.Connecting Independent Clauses
5.Delete the Deadwood
7.Tense, Voice, Number and Person
5.Connotation of Words
7.Freshness and Cliches
2.The lead and the ending
3.Bits and Pieces.
2.Writing about People : The Interview
3.Writing about Yourself : The Memoir
4.Science and Technology
6.Writing about Arts: Critics and Columnists
7.Writing Politics and Society
2.Sound of Voice
3.Enjoyment, Fear and Confidence
4.The Final Product
5.Active vs Passive Voice
6.Putting Audience First
7.Types of Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Tweet, LinkedIn etc
8.What to Avoid.
2.Publishing Your Book with the Help of a Literary Agent
3.Publishing Your Book by Contacting the Publisher Directly
4.Self Publish Your Book
5.How to Publish a research Paper.
Who is it for ?
This course is suitable for ‘Ulama, students of knowledge and anyone interested in enhancing their ability in the power of reading and writing skills. This course is unique and ideal for those who wish to have a much broader, specialist understanding of the art of reading and writing, professionally, that can be applied to a broad range of disciplines.
The primary objective of this course is to develop reading and writing skills amongst Muslim scholars and students generally, and to acquaint them with writings broadly. Specifically, the course aims at introducing them to the basic concepts used in this skillset and their approach focussed on Islamic studies subjects. It includes broad discussions on a range of topics from critical writing to good grammar.
At the end of this course students will be rounded in their ability to read and write well and present their work with value and impact. Students will:
• develop understanding of the basic framework of reading and writing.
• develop an understanding of various reading and writing techniques.
• develop an understanding of the Islamic ethical dimensions of critical thinking,
dialectics and how to articulate this in writing with good grammar and language usage
• Appreciate the components of Islamic scholarly writing and evaluate its quality.
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