Academic English Writing

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Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Jonathan Mole (Europa-Universität Flensburg)

Date: Monday, 11/09/17 – Wednesday, 13/09/17 (14.30 – 18.00 h)

Max. number of participants: 15

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English


Writing an academic text can be a daunting and complex task requiring the knowledge of a range of accepted writing conventions as well as the ability to construct sentences that are idiomatically and grammatically correct. This workshop is primarily aimed at people who are in the process of writing an academic text – a thesis, proposal, article etc. It provides the opportunity to obtain individual feedback on a text which you submit prior to the workshop. During the workshop, assistance will be given to enable you to self-correct any issues that have been highlighted (structure, understanding, logic, language etc.). In addition, or for those participants who are not in the writing process, exercises will be available dealing with a range of topics including: academic style (formality, impersonal and objective language, passive voice, caution, nominalisation); structure at sentence, paragraph and document level; reporting verbs and their forms; coherence and cohesion. Answers will be provided for all exercises as well as a range of potentially useful information, links, book recommendations etc.

Requirement of students: For those wishing to improve an existing academic text, please supply a maximum of 3 pages at least two weeks before the workshop begins. English language skills at CEFR level B2/C1 are required.

Recommended literature and pre-readings: None.

You have to register for the 11th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.