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CESEM/NOVA FCSH Summer Course – Academic Writing: An Essential Skill for Students and Researchers

August 24 - August 28

Academic Writing: An Essential Skill for Students and Researchers

 24 to 28 August

Schedule: From Monday to Friday. 10h00 to 11:30 and 12h00 to 13h30

Duration: 15h | 1 ECTS

Address: NOVA FCSH |

Teacher: Elsa De Luca

 

This course will be of interest to students and early career researchers from any field. Being able to effectively communicate in a written form is an essential skill not only for writing thesis and dissertations, but also for writing articles, reports, and grant applications. This course is specifically targeted to non-English native speakers and it addresses the main obstacles they face when it comes to put in a written form their ideas.

Goals
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‘Publish or perish’ is a well-known say that gives a sense of the kind of expectations researchers should meet to survive in academia. But what makes a paper a ‘good paper’? How do you make it through peer review? This course aims to provide the essential knowledge and training for academic writing in English for international students and early career researchers. The aim of this course is to empower students by providing them with the essential academic writing skills, e.g. choosing the most appropriate style of writing, evaluating information, logical organisation of the ideas, referencing in the correct way the work by others (and avoid plagiarism), arguing, and using the correct punctuation.

Programme
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The following items will be covered during the course:

  • Some grammar rules and conventions concerning academic writing (e.g. using passive voice judiciously, when to capitalise a noun, etc.).
  • Citation styles.
  • How to write using more formal language.
  • Asking a strong research question.
  • Planning a paper: write with clarity and avoid any ambiguity.
  • Basic outline: choosing and ordering points; breaking sections into smaller parts.
  • How to structure a paragraph: communicate complex ideas in a way that makes them least likely to be challenged.
  • Connection between ideas.
  • Responding to others’ arguments.
  • Engaging the audience.
  • Writing the conclusion.
  • Editing. Proofreading.

This course requires the active participation of the attendees, there will be exercises, tests, and plenty of space for discussion on writing habits of successful academics.

PREREQUISITES
The course has no specific prerequisites but don’t forget to bring pen and paper with you!

Bibliography
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Bailey, Stephen, Academic Writing. A Handbook for International Students, Routledge; third edition (2011).

Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, Joseph Bizup and William T. Fitzgerald, The Craft of Research, University of Chicago Press; fourth edition (2016).

Walter W. Powell, Getting Into Print: The Decision-Making Process in Scholarly Publishing, University of Chicago Press (1985).

Helen Sword, With Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write, Harvard University Press (2017).

Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, University of Chicago Press; eighth edition (2013).