I have to admit that I’m cheating a little here by writing about something a colleague and I did a couple of years ago, although I am currently using the OER resources we found. While rewriting our course for Ph.D. students on Writing Scientific Papers in English (WSPE), we needed to find some papers published under creative commons that would be suitable as models and could also be adapted for other uses on the course. The two main criteria for selection were that the articles should be well-written in terms of the language used and that they should generally respect the most common format of a scientific research paper, as studied on the course (Introduction – Methodology – Results – Discussion – Conclusion), as well as the typical “moves” within each section.

This proved to be quite an onerous task, but we eventually settled on half a dozen articles, which were subsequently incorporated into the course in various ways. I tried to find one of the articles we chose using the links provided on this course, but to no avail (although the image I’ve used as the header comes from the creativecommons.org site). However, running a search on google with key words from the title of the article allowed me to track it down here: https://www.scienceopen.com/document/read?vid=cb3cc140-0166-47d9-997a-82e9980ff476

We used this article in a couple of ways during the WSPE course. In particular, I was responsible for the academic grammar part of the course, with self-produced video input and subsequent quiz uploaded on the Chamilo VLE, and I slightly adapted one section of the text for a quiz on the use of articles. I removed the articles, making a few modifications to the text so as to guarantee a range of article use (definite, indefinite and zero articles), and students have to write the correct article in the space before each noun or noun phrase. There are 15 spaces and they have 3 attempts to reach at least 80% of correct answers. The adapted section of text with answers follows:

1) [The / The] wearability evaluation of 2) [a / a] device is 3) [a / a] multifaceted problem; 4) [x / x] wearable devices affect 5) [the / the] wearer in 6) [x / x] different ways and thus, there are several effects that should be taken into account when assessing 7) [the / the] wearability of 8) [an / an] electronic device. Furthermore, there exist 9) [a / a] number of 10) [x / x] methods for measuring 11) [the / the] physiological and biomechanical variables that could be employed for 12) [the / the] evaluation of 13) [x / x] wearable computers. However, these methods usually employ 14) [x / x] expensive equipment which requires 15) [x / x] technical expertise.

Cancela, J et al, (2014). Wearability assessment of a wearable system for Parkinson’s disease remote monitoring based on a body area network of sensors. Sensors, Vol.14, Issue 9, p.17235-17255