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Academic Writing in English in the Natural and Life Sciences

Instructor: Anne Wegner
Date: Monday, May 29, 9am-5pm and Tuesday, May 30, 9am-5pm
Recommended for:  Doctoral candidates in any stage
Language: English
Participation fee: 40 Euro
Registration until: Friday, May 12

The aim is to improve the style and structure of the participants’ English academic papers. After the workshops the participants will have a better understanding of the following:

• cultural differences in academic texts • the structure of an English paper, paragraph and sentence • differences between IMRaD and classic papers •classic mistakes in written academic English •English punctuation •specific vocabulary used in academic English •writing abstracts and titles •choosing a journal and what reviewers are looking for in a paper •re-writing to improve readability and reviewing one’s own work •Internet tools for correcting texts •learning from native speaker papers •individual mistakes in written English texts

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

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!”