8. Additional resources

Argumentative essays

Argumentative Essays, Purdue Online Writing Lab:


How to Write an Argumentative Essay – Planning , British Council: https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=oAUKxr946SI


Academic language

What is academic style?, PolyU ELC: https://youtu.be/vfQFjFXRSkk

Sentence starters, transition words and other useful words, Eastern Institute of Technology: http://www2.eit.ac.nz/library/ls_guides_sentencestarters.html


Using sources, citation and referencing

Integration of sources in paragraphs, PolyU ELC: https://youtu.be/2Tt5zqkf4HM

What is referencing?: https://youtu.be/GOv1xz7ddGY

Referencing: https://elc.polyu.edu.hk/CILL/reference.aspx

About this website

EWRite is an open access online literacy platform for PolyU community that has two major objectives:

  • to support PolyU students’ literacy development within and across the disciplines
  • to support subject and language teachers to implement system-level measures for integrating literacy-sensitive pedagogies across the university

This platform provides access to generic genre guides representing typical university assignments as well as links to subjects offered by faculties with specific disciplinary genres and relevant support materials.

The materials can be retrieved by students by choosing the genres that interest them on the landing page. Each set of materials includes a genre guide, genre video, and a genre checklist. The genre guide and video are to summarize the genres in two different ways (i.e. textual and dynamic) to fit different learning styles. The genre checklist is for students to self-regulate their writing process. The genre guide and checklist include links to various ELC resources that can provide further explanation to language items (e.g. hedging and academic vocabulary).

The platform also acts as a one-stop-shop for writing resources for students, language teachers and subject leaders. Information about the English Writing Requirement policy can also be found on this platform. There are training materials for new colleagues joining the EWR Liaison Team.