- understanding academic writing in English as a reader-based act of communication
- expressing oneself in a clear, concise, and stylistically adequate way
- developing information logically in sentences and paragraphs
- applying central genre conventions and mechanisms of constructing English academic texts
- knowing how to begin the writing process and how to maintain a good writing flow
Successful academics need not only compelling ideas and findings, but also the language skills to communicate their work professionally in English. Yet, many writers are unsure about how they can best express themselves in an academic way, what criteria a well-written English text needs to fulfill, and how their writing can have maximum impact on their readers.
In this workshop, we will address such fundamental questions. We will, on the one hand, analyze important strategies for developing powerful English sentences, paragraphs, and text outlines that meet the stylistic and rhetorical expectations of your readers. On the other hand, we are going to discuss ways to organize your writing process successfully and to polish your writing in order to make it as accessible and easy to read as possible. We will begin with some general reflections on the nature of academic writing in English and then move from smaller units of texts (such as sentence construction) to larger chunks of writing (such as typical academic genres). Along the way, we will also consider how to avoid typical pitfalls of academic writing in English.
We will work closely with authentic examples from academic publications in English. However, if you have any sentences and/or small passages from your own writing that you would like to discuss, please feel free to bring them to class.
The workshop is open to anyone interested in developing their writing skills. Please note, though, that it will be taught in English. Thus, to participate and get the best out of it, you should be able to communicate reasonably well in English.