Global Innovation Awards 2016: Winner

Category: Writing Improvement | Africa & Middle East

Fouzia Begum

Fouzia Begum

Postgraduate Student: Middlesex University, Dubai, UAE

“Now I feel I’m on par with my other peers. My peers, some of them are native English speakers, and before I wasn’t too confident and now I’m very confident.”

After completing her undergraduate studies at a university in India, Fouzia commenced her postgraduate studies in Education at Middlesex University’s Dubai campus. However, her undergraduate program which focused on exams and rote memorisation did little to prepare her for Western academic writing conventions. Fouzia describes this as a “culture shock”, as she was asked to demonstrate key writing skills such as paraphrasing, citation and referencing in her work. She utilized the feedback given directly to her on her work via Turnitin QuickMarks, which also pointed out grammatical errors, along with guidance from her writing tutor to master these conventions:

“There was no mistake in my referencing and citations by the end of the year. I eventually sent this paper for publishing, and I presented it at a conference, and it was very well received. The paper was also published in the conference proceeding.”

By submitting each piece of work to Turnitin during the year and receiving feedback accordingly, Fouzia was able to develop her own unique voice, a key component of developing as an accomplished writer. This developmental approach has greatly improved Fouzia’s confidence in her academic writing abilities, as she says:

“Now I feel I’m on par with my other peers. My peers, some of them are native English speakers, and before I wasn’t too confident and now I’m very confident.”

Once she has completed her Masters’ degree, Fouzia’s goal is to become an academic writing tutor.

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