Course Title : Exercise in Practical Scientific EnglishⅠ

Code 10i045
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Term 1st term
Class day & Period Thu 4th or 5th
Location A2-304
Credits 1
Restriction Up to 20 students for each class
Lecture Form(s) Seminar
Language English (Japanese)
Instructor M. Nishikawa, R. Matsumoto, R. Ashida, M. Maeda,

Course Description

This course is open to all master and doctoral engineering students. It is designed to help students understand how to write a research paper step by step. In this course, the students will write a short research paper (i.e. Extended Research Abstract for Proceeding. approx. 1000 -1500 words) on a topic drawn from assigned readings.


Evaluation based on 30% participation, 40% reports, 30% final paper *More than twice unexcused absence can result in course failure

Course Goals

The primary goal of this course is to deepen an understanding of the main features of each part of a scientific paper (IMRaD). Throughout the course, students will develop the core competencies required for language, grammar, and style to produce a research manuscript in English.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Unit 1: Course Overview 1 Course Overview: Introduction to writing scientific research articles
Unit 2: Introduction 1 Raising awareness of the register of science research articles (genre, audience, purpose)
Unit 3: Preparing to Write 1 Writing a proposal for a research paper, using corpus-based approach (Exercise: Creating own Corpus)
Unit 4: Preparing to Write 1 Paraphrasing ideas from source texts, using citations and references in formal writing
Unit 5: Writing Processes 1 Identifying the “moves” for an Abstract section by hint expressions
Unit 6: Writing Processes 1 Writing an Abstract (Title) & peer feedback
Unit 7: Writing Processes 1 Identifying the “moves” for an Introduction section by hint expressions
Unit 8: Writing Processes 1 Writing an Introduction section & peer feedback
Unit 9: Writing Processes 1 Writing a Method section & peer feedback
Unit 10: Writing Processes 1 Writing a Result section & peer feedback
Unit 11: Writing Processes 1 Writing a Discussion and a Conclusion section
Unit 12: Writing Processes 1 Writing a cover letter to reviewers and how to respond to reviewers
Unit 13: Monitoring and Revising 1 Online feedback
Unit 14: Monitoring and Revising 1 Revising a paper based on peer feedback
Unit 15: Submission 1 Final Paper Due, August 6.


Handout materials will be supplied by the instructor.


ALESS (2012). Active English for Science-英語で科学する-レポート、論文、プレゼンテーション. The University of Tokyo Press. Cargill, M., & O'Connor, P. (2013). Writing scientific research articles: Strategy and steps. John Wiley & Sons. Cowell, R., & She, L. (2015). Mastering the Basics of Technical English『技術英語の基礎』 . 2nd Ed., Corona Publishing. 野口ジュディー・深山晶子・岡本真由美.(2007). 『理系英語のライティング』. アルク


Students who intend to join this course must attend the first class.

Independent Study Outside of Class

Web Sites

Additional Information

We may restrict the class size to enhance students’ learning. Students who intend to join the course are required to attend the first-day guidance. Office Hours: (by appointment) (Ext. 2052)