The Writing Research Papers module is intended to improve the written language skills of lecturers and researchers who write academic articles in English. The course aims to help participants write correct, understandable English - and 'real' English, not translated Dutch. We use authentic texts and materials that tie in as closely as possible with the participants' own academic contexts. We expect everyone to contribute actively to the sessions.
2021 > NEW DATES!
20 April - 18 May 2021
2021: 20/4, 27/4, 11/5, 18/5
9.30 - 12.30 a.m.
€ 445 (AUHA)
€ 505 (non-AUHA)
2 April 2021
COVID-19 safety measures
The course will be taught online this semester.
Objectives and target audience
The Writing Research Papers course aims to improve the written language skills of researchers and lecturers in higher education who need to write research papers in English. The course aims to help participants write correct, understandable English - and 'real' English, not translated Dutch (or any other language). We use authentic texts and materials that tie in as closely as possible with the participants' own academic contexts. We expect everyone to contribute actively to the sessions.
To be able to respond as effectively as possible to participants’ needs, we offer a flexible programme. Please find below an overview of some of the topics that could be covered on the course:
- features of academic writing: general features, linguistic features, academic conventions
- language revision: grammar, spelling, academic style
- research paper: structure, specific vocabulary, fixed expressions
- examples: typical structures and vocabulary
The course is inductive. This means that, wherever possible, the participants are guided to discover new techniques, rules, etc. for themselves through awareness-raising activities. During the course, participants analyse and discuss example texts and complete short assignments. Any projects that participants are currently working on (e.g. preparing a text for publication) will also be taken into account wherever possible.
We limit the groups to 9 participants in order to give everyone sufficient opportunity to participate. This way we can also ensure that all participants receive individual feedback from the teacher.
We use a LINGUAPOLIS-designed coursebook supplemented with additional handouts where necessary. All of the exercises in the coursebook were developed specifically for this target audience. Participants are expected to bring their own texts for discussion and also to submit and revise assignments.
Timing and organisation
The course consists of 12 lesson hours: 4 three-hour sessions. Besides attending these lessons, participants will also write a number of short texts about their work. The teacher will provide individual feedback on these texts.
For the class dates: see top of this page.
The language of instruction for this course is English. The participants are expected to have a good level of English. While the course does cover some aspects of grammar, vocabulary and typical structures, the number of lesson hours is too limited to increase participants’ overall level of English. If the sample text indicates that a participant’s level of English is not high enough to take the course, he or she will be advised to take some general English classes before registering for Writing Research Papers again.
The course costs €445 (excl. VAT) for participants affiliated with an AUHA institution and €505 (excl. VAT) for non-AUHA participants.
Language courses are exempt from VAT in accordance with article 44§2.4°.
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