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Academic writing [advanced] for academic staff

Building on an analysis of your own texts, this course gives you a clear idea of your strengths and weaknesses concerning your written academic English, set against the background of what is characteristic of the writing in your specific discipline. 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 a range of options for expressing complex ideas in well-structured English sentences, so that you can add some variation to your writing. There is also an emphasis on improving clarity and compactness of expression. 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 2-week period, with two 3-hour sessions in the first week, and three 3-hour session in the second week. Participants receive detailed feedback on two pieces of their written work via ELS-online, the ALP feedback system.

The course is offered on campus.

14, 15, 18, 20 and 25 November 2022, 9.30 - 12.15 hrs.

Practical information
Fee: €475 
Teacher: dr Ursula Caci
Open to academic staff from all faculties 
Course code: DOC-C-EN-1

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Contact information
Academic Language Programme,

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For VU staff: you can contact us about ALP courses for you or your students or with questions about language policy or communicative skills.

Dr. Gea Dreschler, academic director ALP

Dr. Camille Welie, coordinator ALP for Dutch (NT1, NT2)

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