How can you distinguish between good writing and bad writing? How can you get your point across more effectively? How can you improve your writing? In this course, we explore how the resources of language are used to make meaning and make it more effectively. We apply a functionally oriented approach to the study in comparison with examples of gold-standard academic discourse (i.e. academic publications in international journals) with the goal of helping students to improve their writing. The course primarily addresses functional-discourse aspects of students’ written work, going beyond surface-level grammatical structures to consider issues related to cohesiveness, coherence, and genre-appropriateness in the text.