English: On-Campus & Online Classes for Academic Writing are Available!

 QETC Academic Writing – English Course (AWEC) is a four-month program, tailored to aid students to improve their technical, academic, and professional writing skills. Its curriculum is primarily designed to meet the needs of university students, local and international NGO workers, marketers, secretaries, corporate officials, et cetera. 

On-Campus Academic Writing – English Course 

LEVEL: Upper-Intermediate and Advanced 

CREDIT HOURS: 32 hours 

COURSE CODES: AWEC 201 and 202 


Course Schedule

1. Thursday (29/04/2021) to Monday (6/05/2021): Registration and Payment

2. Saturday (8/05/2021: Diagnostic test will be conducted

3. Sunday, 09/05: Orientation and First Class

Venue: Addis Ababa Medical University, Ali Jirde Hotel Area.

Course duration: 4 months

Payment is $200 which means $50 per month. 

We receive payments per semester and since this course is one semester, you are required to pay at once but if you find this difficult, you can pay twice ($100 on two occasions).

Description and Objectives: 

About Qalam Educational and Technical Center (QETC) is an international recognized academic institute with partnership with JP International Examinations in the UK and AlMadina International University in Malaysia. 

The institute offer diploma and certificate courses in the areas of English language (i.e. UK Functional English, Applied Spoken English, English for Doctors, English for Journalist, Academic Writing, IELTS, TOEFL and SAT preparation, etc.), Journalism and ICT. It is the only college in the country where all academic staff are professionals with foreign exposure. 

The main campus of QETC is located at Total Area, Jiciir Road in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Instructor: All instructors/lecturers at QETC are specialists who have got either PhDs, Masters or Bachelor’s degree in education or English language with over 10 years of teaching experience.

 Course Description: QETC Academic Writing – English Course (AWEC) is a four-month program, tailored to aid students to improve their technical, academic and professional writing skills. Its curriculum is primarily designed to meet the needs of university students, local and international NGO workers, marketers, secretaries, corporate officials, et cetera. 

Certification: All participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded a diploma in Academic Writing. 

Learning Outcome 

By the end of the course, students will be able to: 

 Understand the expectations for reading and writing assignments in university courses

 Use technical academic writing tools effectively and efficiently 

 Correct errors in any given academic writing task(s) 

 Understand and apply general strategies to complete university-level reading assignments efficiently and effectively 

 Recognize specific types of writing assignments frequently included in university courses  Understand and apply general strategies for managing university-level writing assignments 

 Determine specific reading and writing strategies that work best for you individually 

Evaluation Elements:

 Individual writing assignments (3 assignments worth 10% each)

 Individual writing assignments      = 30%

❀ Attendance and class participation= 10% 

❀ Group presentation (2 per semester)= 20% 

❀ Monthly and final exams (3 monthly exams and 1 final exam per semester) =40% 


Total =                                                    100% 

Note that over 80% of the total grade will be based on individual assignments and monthly assessments, and 30% on group presentation. Learners who demonstrate advanced productive skills in the use of technical writing tools like punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, text structure, grammar and vocabulary will receive good grades. 

Requirements for Graded Work:

 1. Presentations/Participation: 

 Group Presentation: The purpose of group work is to enhance your skill in working collaboratively. When a group-based assignment forms part of your evaluation for a grade, all members of the group will receive the same grade. Any exception to this policy, such as adjustments for relative contribution, will be specified in writing prior to the grading of the assignment. 

 Individual assignment: The individual assignment or work grade will be based on in-class innovative and applied oral and written responses to given tasks, which encourages audience active participation throughout. 

Note: Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled. Attending class is an important part of the learning process in this course. Attendance exposes you to material not in the readings, to your classmates' insights and helps clarify material that can lead to better performance in the course. Students with unexcused absences from more than one class session will be penalized with a reduction of 5% of the presentation component. More than five absences will result to 20% off the individual assignment component. And the penalty for having more than four (4) absences monthly is denial to sit monthly and final exams. 

2. Classwork: Please note that just submitting your assignments is not enough to warrant a full grade. You must ensure your work is academically and creatively presented (where and when necessary) in order to gain full marks. 

3. End of the Month and Final Exams: this covers 40% of the total grades. 


First Semester – AWEC 201 

1. An overview of English Grammar – From Morpheme to Sentence 

2. Sentence Faults and Structures 

3. Standard Paragraph writing: Types and Structure 

4. Academic Writing Process 

5. Academic Writing Structure/Outline 

6. Essay and Its Types – 

 Expository,  Descriptive,  Narrative and  Argumentative 

6. Plagiarism 

7. Paraphrasing and Quotations 

8. Citation 

9. Referencing/Bibliography 

10. APA vs MLA 

11. Note making and summary writing 

12. Minutes Writing Mid-Semester Examination and Feedback 

Second Semester - AWEC 202 

13. Correspondence: 

 Memo Writing  Official Letter and Email 

14. Standard CV/Resume Writing 

15. Interview 

16. General Report writing 

17. Academic Report Writing 

18. Field Report Writing 

19. Project Proposal Writing 

20. Standard Technical Writing Skills 

21. Editing of Academic Texts 

22. Final Exams 

23. Computation of Results and Feedback 

For further enquiries, contact: 063-4338868, 0633330094, or email us at info.qetc@gmail.com 

Mutiu Olawuyi, 

Executive Director, Qalam Educational & Technical Center (QETC), Hargeisa, Somaliland.

E-mail: e.director@qalamedutech.com, Website: www.qalamedutech.com


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