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ARTS: Introduction to Research Writing in English

Objective

To raise participants' awareness of the characteristics of research writing and improve their research writing skills in English  

Learning outcome

After successfully completing this course, students should

  • be able to recognize and demonstrate the style and conventions of research writing in English
  • have improved the clarity and coherence of their written English
  • be able to use a variety of sentence patterns
  • have developed their revision and proofreading skills in English
  • be able to use effective strategies and techniques to build their academic vocabulary.     

Content

The course will cover the following areas:

  • Style and characteristics of research writing
  • Coherence and flow
  • Sentence clarity and variety
  • Common grammar and punctuation errors
  • Editing and proofreading strategies
  • Vocabulary learning strategies

Class time is divided between presentations by the instructor, guided discussions, and pair and group tasks, including peer feedback on written work.

Participants are required to submit a three-page writing sample in English in the course site in Brightspace prior to the start of the course. The writing sample should be an unedited work in progress (e.g. part of a paper presentation, scholarly article, dissertation or research proposal) accompanied by a brief description of the intended context, purpose, and audience. Participants will be expected to revise and edit their texts based on peer and teacher feedback during the course. The course work includes readings, peer review, revision and editing, two reflective assignments, and practical exercises within the topics covered by the course.   

Supplemental information

The course materials and instructions for the assignments will be available in Brightspace approximately one month prior to the first session.

Successful completion requirements

Students are required to submit all assignments, participate actively in class discussions and activities, and attend at least 80% of the classes to receive 2 ECTS credits for the course.

The course is for PhD students at all levels.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, though priority is given to PhD students from the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University.

Bring your computer or tablet.  

Dates & times Fall 2021:

  • 17 September from 9.00-15.00 - Aarhus University, building 1420, room 2.3
  • 24 September from 9.00-15.00 - Aarhus University, building 1420, room 2.3
  • 12 October from 9.00-14.00 - Aarhus University, building 1420, room 2.3
  • Adress: Building 1420, Frederik Nielsens Vej 4, 8000 Aarhus C

Course 2021

Aarhus University, Aarhus:

  • Day 1: 17 September, (9:00-15:00) - Aarhus University, building 1420, room 2.3
  • Day 2: 24 September, (9:00-15:00) - Aarhus University, building 1420, room 2.3
  • Day 3: 12 October, (9:00-14:00) - Aarhus University, building 1420, room 2.3
  • Adress: Building 1420, Frederik Nielsens Vej 4, 8000 Aarhus C

Registration deadline: 3 September 2021

Info

  • ECTS: 2
  • Language: English
  • Span: 50 hours
  • Format: course
  • No. of participants: min. 6, max. 12
  • Course certificate: upon satisfactory completion
  • Location: Aarhus University, building 1911, room E1 128