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FYI: New Academic Writing App from the University College London

Author: Bas Aarts

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

FYI Body: Dear colleagues,

Please find below an announcement for a new app aimed at helping your students with their essays and other writing assignments. We hope you will bring it to their attention. It is not a substitute for mentoring, but it is an additional source of advice, available 'on the go'. We would be grateful if you could encourage your students to use it. .

Feedback on the app is very welcome. Apologies for cross-posting.


Bas Aarts
Department of English Language and Literature
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
Tel.: 020 7679 3130

Academic Writing in English (AWE)

Now available: a brand new app for smartphones and tablets: Academic Writing in English (AWE), available for free from the Apple App Store and from Google Play.

AWE is a complete course designed to help you improve your academic writing assignments, such as:
- class essays;
- exam essays;
- experimental reports;
- scientific essays;
- dissertations;
- academic articles.

AWE includes:
- an in-depth self-learning course covering the entire creative process of academic writing;
- interactive exercises that help you learn;
- checklists for reviewing your critical thinking, your arguments and your essay as a whole;
- an extensive glossary of important terms.

AWE also provides easy tips for avoiding plagiarism, conducting research, thinking critically, making strong arguments and presenting your work well.

Coming soon (also free): English Spelling and Punctuation (ESP).

Already available (in a free and paid version): the interactive Grammar of English (iGE).

For more information, see:

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