In this course, participants who may be working on research papers will have the opportunity to strengthen their command of written English using either already published materials in their own disciplines or “work in progress” specimens intended for future publication. Participants will become familiar with various aspects of clarity which are essential for producing logical, reader-friendly, concise articles. As well as examining the various stages in the writing process, we will focus on the structure of abstracts and, using examples of “best practice” articles, closely look at how a professional research paper should be written. In doing so, participants will enrich their academic lexical repertoire and be able to identify common errors which frequently arise in academic texts.


Participants are strongly advised to take along excerpts of personally written articles for discussion and analysis. An abstract of max. 200 words (if available) should be sent to the course coordinator one week before the start of the seminar. It will be corrected and returned during the seminar.



  • planning and organising a research paper
  • writing effective introductions and conclusions
  • developing ideas and coherent arguments
  • paragraph structure
  • academic vocabulary and register
  • summarising and paraphrasing
  • punctuation


Duration: 2-day course
Max. No: 12

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