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How to sound like an academic

When writing in a second language such as English, finding the right tone and style is often difficult. In academic writing, a formal and objective writing style immediately makes a good first impression on your readers. Therefore, in this workshop you will learn how to write in an academic style and what choices you can make in it.

During this workshop, we will first discuss some common phenomena to avoid when writing a formal text. Then we will cover strategies to replace informal and subjective expressions with more appropriate language. Finally, we'll look at additional choices to make your text more formal. For example, changing "look at" to "consider" already changes the tone of your text.

Besides explanation of language, tone and style, you will work on a series of assignments. You will also have the opportunity to incorporate feedback on your own text and polish it. Bring a self-written text of about 500 words to the workshop.

Abby Gambrel

The workshop is offered on campus and lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes. You do not need to prepare anything, just bring a self-written text of about 500 words to the workshop.

Please note that the ALP will be closed during the summer. We will let you know about new dates early September.

Number of participants
Maximum of 15


Registration and contact
For information, questions and registration please send an email to the course administration of the ALP: Please mention the workshop code and title: SCH-W-EN-1 / How to sound like an academic

Contact Academic Language Programme

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)

For students: for questions or information about a course, workshop or coaching, contact us at