This scientific English writing workshop is designed to help researchers develop the English communication skills they need to further their academic career. The goal of this training is to help familiarize participants with the writing conventions adopted in their particular field and provide them with practical tools to improve their English academic writing skills.
This scientific English writing workshop offers a practical guide to writing academic texts (e.g. progress reports, abstracts for conferences and research articles) in English. Training is delivered in short intensive in-house workshops and participants learn the key elements of academic writing through a combination of instruction, guided practice, discussion and individual feedback on practical assignments.
We will offer this identifical workshop three times in 2021 -- in April, July, and November.
IMPRS-IS scholars can earn 3 program credit points for completion of this workshop.
Dates: Monday through Friday, July 12 - 16, 2021 (5 days half-days total)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CET
Location: Remote via Zoom
Trainer: Dr. Deborah Bennett
This workshop consists of two key strands, one focusing on language use and the other on structuring.
Workshop Overview: Morning sessions focus on structuring each article section, with plenty of practical pointers and opportunities to apply the ideas to the researchers’ own work. Afternoons are dedicated to drafting each section and all participants have a one-to-one session with the workshop facilitator at the end of the week to discuss possibilities for improvement.
Course Content: This course takes participants through the manuscript section by section. A typical example of course content is shown below.
Language components will focus on:
Method: Workshop materials are based on a corpus analysis approach that reveals critical steps commonly included in each article section. Participants learn to analyse sections from their own field for such steps, to identify the associated key phrases and to critically evaluate the way in which information is presented. This enables them to create a skeleton structure for their own work, which can be used to streamline the writing process. The small group size maximises opportunities for discussion between participants, creating valuable opportunities for peer feedback.
More About our Trainer: Dr. Deborah Bennet has a PhD in Mathematical Biology, an MA in Teaching English for Academic Purposes and more than ten years of teaching experience in a wide range of teaching contexts. Since founding BETA in 2010, she has offered regular workshops for postgraduates and faculty members at various research institutions in Western Europe. She is an ILM-certified trainer and remains active in English for Academic Purposes research.