Academic Writing in English

Jul 13, 2020 09:30 AM to Jul 14, 2020 05:30 PM

Graduate Center - ONLINE

This course takes place at the Graduate Center or online - depending on the duration of the coronavirus-related contact lock.

Target group:

All doctoral candidates and postdocs (up to two years after finishing doctorate) from Germany and abroad (non-native English speakers).


Monday,  13 July 2020, 09:30 am - 05:30 pm

Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 09:30 am - 05:30 pm


Participants will be asked: 


  • To send in a page from their current work or from a text that they have written in the past. The Paper must be turned in three weeks prior the workshop.
  • To bring along an English text from their respective field of work that was written (preferably) by a native speaker of English and that they find well-written.



Dr. Kimberly Crow



The workshop aims at improving non-native English speakers' academic writing skills by highlighting typical features and composing elements commonly applied by native speakers of English. Participants will be equipped with a broad variety of helpful techniques and they will have ample opportunity to ask individual questions and receive immediate feedback on their own writing.

  • Characteristic features of English and word(type) choices in English academic texts
  • Pitfalls that non-native speakers of English, especially German speakers, are vulnerable to when writing in English and strategies to avoid them
  • How to develop a more fluent and lively style of writing
  • Resources, aids, and strategies to help improve your writing on your own and techniques for enlarging and retaining vocabulary
  • Selected punctuation issues
  • Feedback on papers participants turned in prior to the workshop
  • Discussion and questions



Registrations are welcome until 11 June 2020 via our online portal. We will then determine whether the minimum number of 7 participants has been reached. Should the minimum number of participants not have been reached, the event will not take place due to financial reasons. Once the minimum number of participants has been reached, further registrations are possible until 8 days previous to the beginning of the event.

Please note:

There are 12 places on this course. The persons that can participate in the course will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Center. Without this confirmation mail you cannot participate in the course. Only participants that have registered for the course via the Graduate Center will receive a certificate of attendance.

All further registrations will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as there is a free place on the course you will receive a message from us. If you do not receive any message you cannot participate in this course.


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