Negotiating Academic Discourse: Style, Clarity and Writing as a Form of Conversation

Negotiating Academic Discourse - Weekly Course

  • When: 6 weeks, 2 hours/week
    (see dates on the bottom of the page)
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Where: Rienößlgasse 3, 1040 Vienna
  • Intended audience: Primarily MA and PhD students, but also BA students with a higher level of proficiency
  • Number of participants: Max. 6
  • Prerequisite: Advanced level of English (C1 and above)
  • Instructor: Dr. Judit Minczinger
  • Price: Early bird (until one month before the course starts): 170 EUR. Afterwards: 190 EUR.
    You can cancel up to 14 days before the course starts.

NEGOTIATING ACADEMIC DISCOURSE: STYLE, CLARITY AND WRITING AS A FORM OF CONVERSATION

This workshop focuses on the conventions of academic writing that are necessary to produce coherent, concise and clear texts. The aim is not to present strict rules that writers should abide, but to develop one’s own voice and ensure that one’s text is both sophisticated and reader-friendly. We look at various strategies to implement both at the paragraph and sentence level, and discuss issues of coherence and cohesion in the text as a whole. We address questions and misconceptions regarding the use of personal pronouns, present and past tense, as well as active or passive voice. We also pay attention to the mechanics of academic writing, including punctuation, restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses, and subject-verb agreement. In addition, we explore the idea of writing as an opportunity to join and take part in a scholarly conversation.

While the workshop ‘The Writing Process: From Brainstorming to Proofreading’ walks you through the various stages of the writing process, the workshop ‘Negotiating Academic Discourse: Style, Clarity and Writing as a Form of Conversation’ mostly addresses issues internal to the text. The main objective is to transform a rough first draft that makes sense to you as a writer into a polished final version crafted for the reader. Plenty of exercises, templates and handouts will aid you in finding a sense of ‘flow.’

This is the right workshop for you if one or some of the following questions have crossed your mind:

  • What is characteristic of academic writing in English?
  • How can I tell if my written text is reader-friendly and well-organised?
  • I have been told that my text does not ‘flow.’ What can I do to improve my writing?
  • How can I develop stronger and more coherent paragraphs? How do I transition from one paragraph to another?
  • How can I make sure that my sentences read well? How can I make them stronger, clearer, shorter, or more effective?
  • Can I use ‘I’ in an academic text? When should I use personal pronouns?
  • How do I quote my sources and incorporate those quotes into my text?
  • How do I position myself in the academic discourse of my discipline?
  • How can I achieve overall clarity and readability?
TOPICS COVERED
  • Cohesion
  • Transitions, pointing words, repetitions
  • Coherence
  • Signposting and metalanguage
  • Paragraph organisation
  • Sentence organisation
  • The stylistic features and conventions of academic writing
  • The use of personal pronouns
  • Hedging
  • Writing as a Form of Conversation
  • Statements about previous research
  • Incorporating references
  • Positioning yourself within an academic discourse
  • Framing your text: Introductions and conclusions
NEGOTIATING ACADEMIC DISCOURSE:
STYLE, CLARITY AND WRITING AS A FORM OF CONVERSATION

This workshop focuses on the conventions of academic writing that are necessary to produce coherent, concise and clear texts. The aim is not to present strict rules that writers should abide, but to develop one’s own voice and ensure that one’s text is both sophisticated and reader-friendly. We look at various strategies to implement both at the paragraph and sentence level, and discuss issues of coherence and cohesion in the text as a whole. We address questions and misconceptions regarding the use of personal pronouns, present and past tense, as well as active or passive voice. We also pay attention to the mechanics of academic writing, including punctuation, restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses, and subject-verb agreement. In addition, we explore the idea of writing as an opportunity to join and take part in a scholarly conversation.

While the workshop ‘The Writing Process: From Brainstorming to Proofreading’ walks you through the various stages of the writing process, the workshop ‘Negotiating Academic Discourse: Style, Clarity and Writing as a Form of Conversation’ mostly addresses issues internal to the text. The main objective is to transform a rough first draft that makes sense to you as a writer into a polished final version crafted for the reader. Plenty of exercises, templates and handouts will aid you in finding a sense of ‘flow.’

This is the right workshop for you if one or some of the following questions have crossed your mind:

  • What is characteristic of academic writing in English?
  • How can I tell if my written text is reader-friendly and well-organised?
  • I have been told that my text does not ‘flow.’ What can I do to improve my writing?
  • How can I develop stronger and more coherent paragraphs? How do I transition from one paragraph to another?
  • How can I make sure that my sentences read well? How can I make them stronger, clearer, shorter, or more effective?
  • Can I use ‘I’ in an academic text? When should I use personal pronouns?
  • How do I quote my sources and incorporate the quotes into my text?
  • How do I position myself in the academic discourse of my discipline?
  • How can I achieve overall clarity and readability?
TOPICS COVERED
  • The stylistic features and conventions of academic writing
  • Formality, variation, concision
  • The use of personal pronouns
  • Hedging
  • Cohesion
  • Transitions, pointing words, repetitions
  • Coherence
  • Signposting and metalanguage
  • Paragraph organisation
  • Sentence organisation
  • Writing as a form of conversation
  • Statements about previous research
  • Incorporating references
  • Positioning yourself within an academic discourse
  • Sentence structures; compund and complex sentences
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Punctuation rules

Not sure if you should sign up? Check out the following questions:

1. What is the difference between the following sentences? What would be the context of each sentence?
A. The hypothesis, which I tested through research, was rejected.
B. The hypothesis which I tested through research was rejected.

2. Identify instances of signposting in the following sentences. What is the function of signposting in academic writing?
The aim of this chapter is to examine the basic physical phenomena occurring in cells. These physical transport processes, as noted in the previous chapter, facilitate chemical reactions in the cell.

3. Is the following statement true or false?
In English academic writing, passive voice is used more often than in German.

4. Which sentence would be more common in academic writing?
A. We carried out an experiment to determine which algorithm is preferable.
B. We conducted an experiment to determine which algorithm is preferable.

5. Identify the ‘dangling modifier’ and re-write the sentence:
To introduce universal basic income, it is essential to address the question of transparent welfare systems.

6. Which sentence ‘flows’ better?
A. Calcium blockers limit the action of muscle fibers in the basic unit of muscle contraction, known as the sarcomere.
B. Calcium blockers limit the action of muscle fibers in the sacromere, the basic unit of muscle contraction.

All of these (and many more) questions are covered in the workshop. Find out if your answers are correct by signing up!

Negotiating Academic Discourse - Intensive

  • When: Fri 16:00-20:00, Sat 9:00-18:00
    (see dates below)
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Where: Rienößlgasse 3, 1040 Vienna
  • Intended audience: Primarily MA and PhD students, but also BA students with a higher level of proficiency
  • Number of participants: Max. 6
  • Prerequisite: Advanced level of English (C1 and above)
  • Instructor: Dr. Judit Minczinger
  • Price: Early bird (until one month before the course starts): 170 EUR. Afterwards: 190 EUR.
    You can cancel up to 14 days before the course starts.

Negotiating Academic Discourse - Weekly Course

  • When: 6 weeks, 2 hours/week
    (see dates below)
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Where: Rienößlgasse 3, 1040 Vienna
  • Intended audience: Primarily MA and PhD students, but also BA students with a higher level of proficiency
  • Number of participants: Max. 6
  • Prerequisite: Advanced level of English (C1 and above)
  • Instructor: Dr. Judit Minczinger
  • Price: Early bird (until one month before the course starts): 170 EUR. Afterwards: 190 EUR.
    You can cancel up to 14 days before the course starts.

*Refugees and asylum seekers are welcome to take the course for free. Please get in touch for further details.

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Weekly
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18 November!)
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