English academic writing for PhD candidatesCourses for beginning PhD candidates


Course information


ECTS:
Number of sessions: 6
Hours per session: 3
Entry level: Intermediate
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).


Edition I
Dates:

  • February 21 (Wednesday) 2018
    Mandeville building (directions) T13-67

  • February 28 (Wednesday) 2018
    Mandeville building (directions) T18-50

  • March 7 (Wednesday) 2018
    Mandeville building (directions) T17-01

  • March 14 (Wednesday) 2018
    Theil building (directions) CT-2

  • March 21 (Wednesday) 2018
    Mandeville building (directions) T17-01

  • March 28 (Wednesday) 2018
    Mandeville building (directions) T15-01

Times:
09:30-12:30

Edition II
Dates:

  • February 21 (Wednesday) 2018
    Mandeville building (directions) T13-67

  • February 28 (Wednesday) 2018
    Mandeville building (directions) T18-01

  • March 7 (Wednesday) 2018
    Mandeville building (directions) T18-01

  • March 14 (Wednesday) 2018
    Mandeville building (directions) T18-01

  • March 21 (Wednesday) 2018
    Mandeville building (directions) T13-67

  • March 28 (Wednesday) 2018
    Mandeville building (directions) T18-01

Times:
14:00-17:00

You can only enrol for one edition of this course.


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 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