English academic writing for PhD candidates

General skills courses


Course information

ECTS:
Number of sessions: 6
Hours per session: 3
Course fee:

  • This workshop is exclusively for PhD candidates of the Graduate School. 
  • consult our enrolment policy for more information

Contact: Enrolment-related questions: enrolment@egsh.eur.nl

Telephone: +31 10 4082607 (Graduate School).


You can only enrol for one edition of this course.

Edition 1

Session 1
October 21 (Monday) 2019
09.30-12.30
Location will be announced soon.

Session 2
October 28 (Monday) 2019
09.30-12.30
Location will be announced soon.

Session 3
November 4 (Monday) 2019
09.30-12.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Session 4
November 11 (Monday) 2019
09.30-12.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Session 5
November 18 (Monday) 2019
09.30-12.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Session 6
November 25 (Monday) 2019
09.30-12.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Edition 2

Session 1
February 19 (Wednesday) 2020
09.30-12.30
Location will be announced soon.

Session 2
February 26 (Wednesday) 2020
09.30-12.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Session 3
March 4 (Wednesday) 2020
09.30-12.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Session 4
March 11 (Wednesday) 2020
09.30-12.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Session 5
March 18 (Wednesday) 2020
09.30-12.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Session 6
March 25 (Wednesday) 2020
09.30-12.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Edition 3

Session 1
February 19 (Wednesday) 2020
13.30-16.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Session 2
February 26 (Wednesday) 2020
13.30-16.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Session 3
March 4 (Wednesday) 2020
13.30-16.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Session 4
March 11 (Wednesday) 2020
13.30-16.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Session 5
March 18 (Wednesday) 2020
13.30-16.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01

Session 6
March 25 (Wednesday) 2020
13.30-16.30
Mandeville building (directions), room T19-01


Introduction

Would you like to produce a reader-friendly dissertation? Do you need to find out more about your strengths and weaknesses as an academic writer? Writing a PhD thesis in a language which is not your first language can be a daunting task. In this course, PhD candidates work on their English language skills, specifically on the academic writing process (organisation and coherence).


Aims and working method

The course consists of six sessions of three hours each. After these meetings each participant will be scheduled for an individual feedback session of one hour on a sample of the participant's own text.

Aim of the course is to improve the level of English academic writing skills of the participants, thereby enabling them to produce top quality academic articles and research proposals.

During the course participants will focus on:

  1. Text level: the organisation and structure of academic texts, coherence, vocabulary and style.
  2. Paragraph level: how to structure a paragraph, how to correctly connect sections together.
  3. Syntax level: correct phrasing, and clear expounding and reasoning.

Entry-level English proficiency

This course is organised in cooperation with the EUR Language & Training Centre (LTC) which has a dedicated team of English language instructors with experience in teaching academic writing.

The course is geared towards PhD candidates at CEFR level C1. The set-up is a tried and tested formula, and the course convenor will adjust the course contents when necessary to best suit the specific needs of the participants.

Researchers who want to improve their general English language skills are advised to first follow one of the English proficiency courses at LTC before enrolling for this course.


How to prepare

  • Participants will receive a form prior to the course which needs to be filled in and directed to the course convenor.
  • Participants are asked to send an English summary of an article they have written to the course convenor.

More detailed information will be provided via email by the instructor prior to the course.


Testimonial recent course participant

"Writing in English used to be very difficult for me. This academic writing course has given me the practical tools to write my thesis. The language trainer was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and very motivating. I have come to realise that writing can be a lot of fun! I now look forward to writing an English text."


"I would absolutely recommend this course to other postgraduate students. I really learned a lot about writing a coherent text and how to choose words carefully while writing academic papers. The free textbook is also very useful."


About the instructors

This course is organised in cooperation with the EUR Language & Training Centre. The centre has a dedicated team of English language instructors with extensive experience in teaching academic writing to PhD candidates