Academic Writing in English (Part 1)

Scientific writing is a complex activity that involves skill, discipline and creativity, practice and intuition. This workshop focuses on the practical side of writing through analyzing text examples, writing exercises and revising your own texts. Part 1 focuses on correctness, clarity and coherence in academic texts. The seminar contents include:

  • A functional perspective on language (language as resource)
  • Dos and Don’ts, common mistakes
  • Clear and succinct style: Sentence structure, Word choice (formality/informality)
  • Useful academic phrases Structure (chapters, section, and paragraphs)
  • Conjunctions (expression logical relations between content)
  • Punctuation
  • Use of the tenses in academic writing
  • Defining scope, formulating research questions/aims + titles
  • Perspective/Positioning
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing

The amis of this workshop are:

  • To reflect your own writing practices and habits, discipline-specific norms and conventions as well as language competence in academic English
  • To achieve correctness, clarity and coherence in academic texts
  • To raise awareness of good practice with respect to both the writing process and the text as product
  • To learn and practice writing techniques to improve efficiency and quality of both process and product

 Please note:

Participation is subject to the successfully passed public presentation of your dissertation project.

Date & Registration


  • 13 November 2020, 09:00-13:00
  • 20 November 2020, 09:00-13:00 and
  • 27 November 2020, 09:00-13:00

Group 2

  • 4 December 2020, 09:00 - 13:00,
  • 11 December 2020, 09:00 - 13:00 and
  • 18 December 2020, 09:00 - 13:00

Group 3

  • 12 February 2021, 09:00 - 13:00,
  • 19 February 2021, 09:00 - 13:00 and
  • 26 February 2021, 09:00 - 13:00

Location:The Workshops will take place online via Moodle

Registration: Online via u:space | Registration starts on 1 September

Registration takes place exclusively online via UNIVIS. We are sorry, but we cannot consider e-mail registrations. Please, mind the registration deadline, which generally ends 3 weeks before start of a course. With your registration you commit yourself to participating in the whole workshop. Course material is sent to a participant's unet e-mail address and has to be taken along to the workshop.


Dr. Markus Rheindorf