Writing Academic English (only for PhD researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences)

Building on an analysis of participants’ own texts submitted prior to commencement, this course gives you a clear idea of your strengths and weaknesses concerning written academic English. It shows you what you can do to improve your confidence in the short term, helps you to eradicate those silly mistakes, and gives you new options for expressing complex ideas in well-structured English sentences, so that you can add some variation to your writing. There is an emphasis on improving the clarity and compactness of your writing. On top of that you will be able to check and revise your own writing in a methodical fashion using a detailed editing checklist.

The course is taught intensively over a two-week period in February 2019, with three 3-hour sessions per week. Assessment is in the form of editing and re-editing of one’s own work plus other editing assignments. Feedback is given using ELS-online, the ALP feedback system.

5, 6, 7 and 12, 13, 14 February 2019.

Practical information
Teacher: Maria Sherwood Smith
Open to PhD researchers connected to the Faculty of Social Sciences [FSS] graduate school
Credits: 3
Course code: PhD-C-EN-3


Course registration is via FSS. For more information contact Saskia Jans via graduate.school@fsw.vu.nl.

Contact information
Mike Hannay, m.hannay@vu.nl