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FSS – Writing Academic English

FSS - Writing Academic English

This course aims to support you in your writing tasks by developing your English academic writing skills. The course content focuses on topics that will help you achieve more clarity and coherence in your text. Another important aspect of the course is individual feedback on your texts, helping you identify your personal strengths and weaknesses as an academic writer.

Intermediate group: Dr. Hatice Celebi (h.celebi@vu.nl)

Intermediate group: Dr. Hatice Celebi (h.celebi@vu.nl)

https://research.vu.nl/en/persons/hatice-celebi
Portrait of Dr. Hatice Celebi

Dr. Gea Dreschler (g.a.dreschler@vu.nl)

Dr. Gea Dreschler (g.a.dreschler@vu.nl)

https://research.vu.nl/en/persons/gea-dreschler
Gea Dreschler

Course description

Course objectives 

This course is mainly geared towards helping you to develop your confidence about your written academic English. It shows you what you can do to improve your confidence in the short term, helps you to eradicate mistakes, and hopefully gives you new options for expressing complex ideas in well-structured English sentences. At the end of the course, you will have a clear idea of your strengths and weaknesses concerning written academic English. You will also be a better manager of your own text, and you will be equipped with a set of personalized criteria for editing your text. An additional aim is to give you support in approaching writing tasks.

Course content

Before the course you submit a text which the instructor will give feedback on before the first session. The actual course consists of six sessions. Session 1 is an introductory session: the lecturer will provide a presentation of participants’ skills profiles, quick fixes, remedial grammar issues; and there is room for Q and A over matters arising from the individual feedback you received on your submitted text. The remaining sessions cover both a fixed set of topics related to clarity and coherence, and topics based on the specific needs of the participants. One session will focus on the writing process, helping you to work through the more difficult stages. Note that the content of the lectures of the intermediate track and the advanced track differ. 

Classes will contain a mix of interactive lecture elements and class exercises. There will be only a small amount of preparation during the two weeks of the course, but a lot of the work doesn’t start until the sessions are over.

Study Characteristics

  • Discipline: Academic Writing
  • Language: English
  • ECTS: 3 per track
  • Type of education: in class
  • Academic skill: Generic
  • Graduate School: Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • Start date: 02.02.2022
  • End date: 18.02.2022
  • Min. number of students: 5 per track
  • Max. number of students: 12 per track
  • Concluding assessment: yes
  • Admission criteria: This course is open to PhD researchers of the Faculty of Social Sciences and its partners ABRI, GS HUM and AISSR. Minimum requirement Intermediate track: have completed or in the writing stage of the Research Proposal. Minimum requirement Advanced track: one draft article completed. To gain most from this course, it is important that the text has not been language edited by others. After signing up, participants are asked to submit a text (proposal or other relevant text for track 1 and one draft article for track 2) that they have recently worked on, up to 2000 words in length. The texts will be used to help determine the appropriate course (intermediate or advanced) and the precise content of the course. Send your text to the course lecturer no later than two weeks before the start of the actual course session. The maximum number of participants (no fee) is 20 in total.
  • Assessment type: To obtain credits for the course, participants are required to be present at all sessions and to actively participate during class. Also, participants are required to successfully complete two separate writing and editing assignments.
  • With certificate: yes
  • Roster/schedule info:

Session 1: Wednesday, 2 February 2022 (13.30-16.15)

Session 2:  Friday, 4 February 2022 (13.30-16.15)

Session 3:  Wednesday, 9 February 2022 (13.30-16.15)

Session 4:  Friday, 11 February 2022 (13.30-16.15)

Session 5:  Wednesday, 16 February 2022 (13.30-16.15)

Session 6:  Friday, 18 February 2022 (13.30-16.15)

  • Registration deadline: 10.01-2022
  • Available to: PhD candidates from the GSSS, ABRI, GS HUM, and AISSR (UvA). Fee: € 450 for non-VU-GSSS PhD candidates.
  • FSS – Writing Academic English (Intermediate and Advanced)

    Course description

    Course objectives 

    This course is mainly geared towards helping you to develop your confidence about your written academic English. It shows you what you can do to improve your confidence in the short term, helps you to eradicate mistakes, and hopefully gives you new options for expressing complex ideas in well-structured English sentences. At the end of the course, you will have a clear idea of your strengths and weaknesses concerning written academic English. You will also be a better manager of your own text, and you will be equipped with a set of personalized criteria for editing your text. An additional aim is to give you support in approaching writing tasks.

    Course content

    Before the course you submit a text which the instructor will give feedback on before the first session. The actual course consists of six sessions. Session 1 is an introductory session: the lecturer will provide a presentation of participants’ skills profiles, quick fixes, remedial grammar issues; and there is room for Q and A over matters arising from the individual feedback you received on your submitted text. The remaining sessions cover both a fixed set of topics related to clarity and coherence, and topics based on the specific needs of the participants. One session will focus on the writing process, helping you to work through the more difficult stages. Note that the content of the lectures of the intermediate track and the advanced track differ. 

    Classes will contain a mix of interactive lecture elements and class exercises. There will be only a small amount of preparation during the two weeks of the course, but a lot of the work doesn’t start until the sessions are over.

    Study Characteristics

    • Discipline: Academic Writing
    • Language: English
    • ECTS: 3 per track
    • Type of education: in class
    • Academic skill: Generic
    • Graduate School: Graduate School of Social Sciences
    • Start date: 02.02.2022
    • End date: 18.02.2022
    • Min. number of students: 5 per track
    • Max. number of students: 12 per track
    • Concluding assessment: yes
    • Admission criteria: This course is open to PhD researchers of the Faculty of Social Sciences and its partners ABRI, GS HUM and AISSR. Minimum requirement Intermediate track: have completed or in the writing stage of the Research Proposal. Minimum requirement Advanced track: one draft article completed. To gain most from this course, it is important that the text has not been language edited by others. After signing up, participants are asked to submit a text (proposal or other relevant text for track 1 and one draft article for track 2) that they have recently worked on, up to 2000 words in length. The texts will be used to help determine the appropriate course (intermediate or advanced) and the precise content of the course. Send your text to the course lecturer no later than two weeks before the start of the actual course session. The maximum number of participants (no fee) is 20 in total.
    • Assessment type: To obtain credits for the course, participants are required to be present at all sessions and to actively participate during class. Also, participants are required to successfully complete two separate writing and editing assignments.
    • With certificate: yes
    • Roster/schedule info:

    Session 1: Wednesday, 2 February 2022 (13.30-16.15)

    Session 2:  Friday, 4 February 2022 (13.30-16.15)

    Session 3:  Wednesday, 9 February 2022 (13.30-16.15)

    Session 4:  Friday, 11 February 2022 (13.30-16.15)

    Session 5:  Wednesday, 16 February 2022 (13.30-16.15)

    Session 6:  Friday, 18 February 2022 (13.30-16.15)

    • Registration deadline: 10.01-2022
    • Available to: PhD candidates from the GSSS, ABRI, GS HUM, and AISSR (UvA). Fee: € 450 for non-VU-GSSS PhD candidates.

Graduate School of Social Sciences