Center for English Academic Writing

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With the aim of promoting teaching and learning effective writing in English the Center for English Academic Writing has been opened at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv(2006). The Center for English Academic Writing is as a free-access resource and support unit for students, faculty, and interested professionals on local, regional, and national levels. We can provide various kinds of assistance (in the form of workshops, trainings, summer schools, on-line courses, publications, and tutorials) to Ukrainian university students and faculty, high school students and teachers, as well as other professionals on any of the issues related to various types of English writing.

Teaching materials



Rules for Writers. – Fourth Edition 
Hacker D.
Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s
Rules for Writers is another writing guide that can serve as a valuable resource for all those who aim at developing and improving English writing skills. As other handbooks on writing, it considers such common issues as the writing process, grammar, punctuation, document design, and principles of doing research. It also offers descriptions of MLA and APA referencing formats commonly used in the humanities. The book is marked by a clear structure and comprehensive explanations.


Reference Guide to English: A Handbook of English as a Second Language
Maclin A.
Washington: USIA
The Reference Guide to English is an excellent resource for nonnative speakers of English. The book focuses on all aspects of grammar and usage and also covers major language problems that arise in the writing in an academic or business setting. The items in the book are arranged alphabetically, which is very convenient for users. A comprehensive index makes search of any question an easy task.


The New Century Handbook. – Third Edition
Hult C. A., Huckin T. N.
New York: Pearson


The Scribner Handbook for Writers. – Fourth Edition
DiYanni R., Hoy II P. C.
New York: Pearson
This is a comprehensive handbook for writers in English (including nonnative speakers), which provides different kinds of assistance and helpful suggestions. It consists of nine parts covering such themes, as connection between reading and writing, development of paragraphs, grammar issues, sentence structure and style, choice of appropriate words, punctuation, doing and writing up research, and producing special texts like business letters or examination essays. It also provides advice on Internet search and composition of texts for the World Wide Web. Although this is primarily a reference material, it contains different exercises that can be used in the classroom.



Moodle at CEAW
Moodle at CEAW

Moodle VLE at the Center for English Academic Writing

Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.

The word Moodle was originally an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It’s also a verb that describes the process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to you to do them, an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity. As such it applies both to the way Moodle was developed, and to the way a student or teacher might approach studying or teaching an online course. The design and development of Moodle is guided by a social constructionist pedagogy.

In 2009 Moodle VLE was installed and tested at the CEAW website. Since then writing center volunteers have been able to use it for developing courses and seminars on writing, critical reading and similar issues.

The course main page
The course main page

Distance course “Fundamentals of Academic Writing: Writing an Essay”

The course has been developed within the Partnership program between the University of Oregon (USA) and the Ivan Franko National University of L’viv (Ukraine)

Course url:

Course duration: six weeks

Course Objectives:
1) to introduce the conventions of English academic writing and pinpoint differences between the English and Ukrainian academic discourse features; 2) to give the general notion and practice initial skills of writing activities necessary for writing an academic essay in English.

Course Review

It is generally known that English is now the world language of various spheres of life. To learn how to efficiently write in English means to get excellent opportunities of expressing one’s thoughts and ideas in this dominant language and of becoming able to communicate with colleagues and friends throughout the world. It is from this perspective that I believe the distance course “Fundamentals of Academic Writing: Writing an Essay” will be of great benefit for Ukrainian students, teachers, and professionals. This comprehensive on-line material compiled on the basis of the most advanced research ideas and writing manuals helps to better understand what writing is and how to master it most quickly and successfully. I strongly recommend “Writing an Essay” to all those interested in mastering English academic writing and encourage them to study it from the beginning to end. This excellent course deserves your time and efforts!

Tetyana Yakhontova,
Associate Professor, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
author of the textbook “English Academic Writing for Students and Researchers”