Great science writing skills are vital for any researcher. We can help you to focus your writing on the essence of your project, highlight its importance, and approach it from new angles. You’ll learn what kind of a writer you are, how to write alone as well as in groups and how to adopt a writing strategy that will guarantee success every time for any reader.
This course aims to perfect your English academic writing skills and focuses on the following aspects of academic writing:
- developing your academic writing style
- varying sentence length and complexity
- making your text more readable and attractive
- working on paragraph structure, argumentation and flow
- paraphrasing and integrating sources
Since you will be expected to hand in and edit sections of your academic text during the course, it is important that you’re working on a scientific article or another longer academic text when you register. If you don’t have academic writing objectives, please have a look at our course Professional Writing in English. Scientific Writing for Professionals is not meant to edit your texts but to teach you how to edit them yourself.
Participants are expected to analyse and (re)write their text as well as comment on texts written by their fellow participants (peer review). Participants are also expected to complete assignments from the literature and study materials on Blackboard.
In five 2-hour sessions you work on achieving your learning objectives. You will be expected to do 4 hours of homework for every session.
Dates and times
This course is offered in February and September each year.
|12 September||Tuesday||13.30 - 15.30 hrs.|
|26 September||Tuesday||13.30 - 15.30 hrs.|
|10 October||Tuesday||13.30 - 15.30 hrs.|
|31 October||Tuesday||13.30 - 15.30 hrs.|
|14 November||Tuesday||13.30 - 15.30 hrs.|
|28 November||Tuesday||13.30 - 15.30 hrs.|
If you are taking the course as part of Wageningen University & Research Language Policy, your skills will be assessed throughout the course. Assessment is based on the writing assignments you submit each session. If you sufficiently improve in the course, you will receive a Wageningen in’to Languages certificate. If you do not, you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance, providing you have attended enough classes.
|Regular fee||€ 535|
|WUR staff||€ 480|
Course material will be supplied by the teacher on Blackboard. For some modules, additional handouts will be given in class.
Prior to registration
New course participants are obliged to take the free Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) to ensure that they are placed in the right course. Professional Writing in English requires an OOPT score of 80. Please note: your registration cannot be confirmed without a placement test result.
Arrange an OOPT appointment through our online calendar. If you cannot attend your appointment, please call us at +31 (0)317 48 25 52 or mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You cannot cancel your appointment online.
We will also ask you to fill out a questionnaire after registration to indicate your learning objectives and to submit a text. This piece should reflect the type of writing you want to work on during the course. It should be unedited, written without co-authors, and at least 500 words.