How to Write in English Mini-Course

Spring 2023
Fridays, 12:20–13:10 (biweekly)
Yangming campus, Teaching Building, Room 305

Jonathon Hricko
Associate Professor, Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition
Director, Language Learning and Writing Center
jhricko [at]

Course description: This course covers some basic issues in English writing, especially when it comes to the proper use of sources in academic writing. The topics that will be covered include: plagiarism, quotations, summaries, titles, abstracts, and captions.

Course policies:

  • The course is open to students, faculty, and staff at NYCU.
  • The course is free, but those who would like to attend must first register at the following link before 12:00 on 2/27/2023 :
  • The course will be taught in-person (there is no on-line option).
  • The course will be taught primarily in English.
  • There is no required textbook for the course.
  • The course is not part of NYCU’s curriculum. NYCU students who complete the course will not receive credit and cannot use this course to satisfy their English requirement.

Course schedule:

  • 3/3: Titles
  • 3/17: Captioning scientific figures: Guest instructor Professor Surojit Chattopadhyay, Institute of Biophotonics, NYCU
  • 3/31: Writing an abstract
  • 4/14: Plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • 4/28: Summarizing in your own words
  • 5/12: Quoting from sources