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Introduction to Research Writing in English

Raise your awareness of the characteristics of research writing and improve your research writing skills with this hands-on PhD course.


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 and format

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

        Participants are asked to submit a 3 page writing sample in English 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 improve their texts based on peer and teacher feedback. Homework will include readings, peer reviews, revision and editing, two reflective assignments, and practical exercises within the topics covered by the course. Submit the sample in Blackboard.

        Students will receive access to the course site and the pre-course readings and assignments in Blackboard.

        Target group

        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.

        Successful completion requirements

        Students are required to submit all assignments, participate actively in class discussions and activities, and attend all four sessions to receive 2 ECTS credits for the course.




        Aarhus and Emdrup 


        • Register for course: See under Signing up
        • Submit (in Blackboard) a 3 page writing sample in English 
        • Minimum/Maximum enrolment: 6-12 persons
        • Including: Coffee/tea, lunch sandwich, water and sweets.

        Sign up:

        Course Aarhus, October/November 2020

         Registration deadline: October 1, (10.00).  

        • Course day 1: October 29 (9:00-14:30)
        • Course day 2: November 12 (9:00-14:30)
        • Course day 3: November 26 (9:00-14:30)

        Course site opens in Blackboard (October 2).

        By October 15, you must submit (in Blackboard) a three-page writing sample in English.

        Venue: Nobelparken, Building 1483, Room 454 (Floor 4).

        Course Emdrup, September/October 2020

        Registration deadline: August 31 (10:00)  

        • Course day 1: September 25, (9:00-15:00)
        • Course day 2: October 2, (9:00-15:00)
        • Course day 3: October 23, (9:00-12:00)

        Course site opens in Blackboard (August 31).

        By September 15, you must submit (in Blackboard) a three-page writing sample in English.

        Venue: Campus Emdrup, Building A, Room A410.


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