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Academic Writing in English in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Instructor: Anne Wegner
Recommended for:  Doctoral candidates in any stage
Language: English
Participation fee: 40 Euro

Date: Thursday and Friday, November 30th and December 1st, 2017
Registration until: November 15th, 2017

The aim is to improve the style and structure of the participants’ English academic papers.

Day 1:

  • Introductions and general discussion
  • Paper style and structure: Information on style of paper, cultural differences between
  • English and German papers. Discussion on differences in papers styles – IMRaD and classic
  • Classic mistakes made in academic texts
  • Information on general punctuation rules in English. Emphasis placed on using commas, semi-colons and colons
  • Academic words used to structure papers and improve written style + Internet tools
  • Practise on re-writing to improve readability

Day 2:

  • An exercise on improving texts, reflecting on content of Day 1
  • Content and structure of abstracts and titles
  • Information on choosing the right journal
  • Information and discussion on what reviewers are looking for
  • Exercises on how to learn from native speaker papers
  • Tips on how to improve one’s writing
  • Time for participants to reflect on their own texts and receive
  • Feedback and reflection on the workshop


In this workshop, the instructor works as facilitative trainer. This means that the trainer uses didactical methods that ensure maximum participant involvement and supports the participants in finding their own answers to questions.


Anne Wegner

Anne Wegner, M.Sc., is a native English speaker, born and raised in England. With her B.Sc. degree in D.P.S. Ergonomics she worked for companies, organizing projects across Europe. Furthermore she acted in translating and teaching English to Speakers of other languages. Since 2007 she works as an associate lecturer at the University of Bonn. As an English teacher and intercultural trainer, her motto is “it’s not just about what you write, it’s also about how you write it!”