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Language Acquisition 1: From Scratch to Print


Admission requirements

Not applicable.


Language Acquisition courses teach you how to write and speak English clearly, especially in academic contexts. ‘Language Acquisition 1’ is an English academic writing course. This course teaches you to develop thoughts about academic discourse, find and organise reliable information, and combine your thoughts and findings in a coherent and correct text that meets the conventions of English academic writing. While investigating your essay topic, you will learn about sources, referencing, plagiarism, paragraph/text structure, argumentation, academic lexicon, and tentative/objective language use. In the process of practicing and peer-reviewing, you will discover what your grammar, punctuation, and other low-level challenges are.

Course objectives

  • Ability to write academically and correctly in English

  • Ability to evaluate other people’s English academic writing

  • Ability to handle information correctly and constructively


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Twelve 90-minute seminars

  • Six 45-minute consultation hours

Assessment method


In-class Mini-Exams and two versions of an essay.


  • Exam (in-class Mini-Exams): (30%)

  • First Version of the Course Essay: (35%)

  • Final Version of the Course Essay: (35%)


You can resit the course if the average across the three components is below 5.5. You can resit the Exam component if the average of the in-class Mini-Exams is below 5.5; a two hour exam replaces the Mini-Exams in that case. You can resit the Final Version of the Essay if your grade for this component is below 5.5. You cannot resit the First Version of the Essay.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Prescribed reading:

  • Course syllabus (made available at the beginning of the course)

  • Instruction clips (made available at the beginning of the course)


Enrolment through My Studymap (Login | Universiteit Leiden) is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

NB: First year students will be enrolled by the coordinator of studies. All other students need to contact the coordinator of studies to be enrolled for this course.

Students other than from the BA English language and culture cannot take this course.



Not applicable.