The online 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 corresponding workbook, 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 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 your vocabulary
- Selected punctuation issues
- Feedback on papers participants turn in
- Amble room for questions and discussion
- November 10: Input Session – plenum
- December 8: Editing and Feedback Session – two groups (morning and afternoon)
Participants will be asked to provide:
- for the Input Session: 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 for the Input Session.
- for the Editing and Feedback Session: a sample page written or revised after the Input Session. Providing a sample page is mandatory and it must be emailed no later than November 24.
About the trainer
Kimberly Crow is German-American and was educated bilingually in both the US and Germany. After completing her university degrees in sociology, psychology, and social psychology, she worked as a social scientist and earned her PhD in political science. Since 2003 she has been coaching junior and senior researches from many different disciplines on how to improve their English academic writing and presentation skills. She is also an experienced academic editor and the author of numerous books on (academic) communication skills.