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Academic Writing for Research and Professional Purposes

In this course, PhD in the field of humanities working on scholarly papers, research proposals, theses or dissertation projects will have the opportunity to strengthen their command of written English using (un)published materials in their own disciplines.
This seminar will focus on various components of scholarly writing, including style and language, argument structure, grammar etc. using sample articles, abstracts and proposals. Participants are strongly advised to take along excerpts of personally written articles for discussion and analysis.


  • planning and organising a piece of academic text
  • the importance of introductions and conclusions
  • paragraph structure
  • writing a topic sentence
  • developing ideas and arguments
  • academic vocabulary
  • summarising and paraphrasing

Workshop profile

Target group
PhDs and Postdocs, at least 5 years of English A minimum level of English B1 (CEF)
Duration  2 Tage


Frieda Frenzel

Lorraine Mannion is Irish and studied “Interpreting and Translating French/German/Italian” at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and the University of East Anglia, England. She has been working as an adjunct lecturer in English at various universities in Berlin and the new federal states since 1998. She is also a certified translator/interpreter for the Berlin notaries and courts and regularly holds seminars in academic writing, presenting and teaching in English at several research institutes throughout Germany.

More about Lorraine Mannion


Oshima, A., & Hogue, A. (2006) Writing academic English (4th Ed.). White Plains, NY: Pearson Education.
Hogue, A. (2003). Essentials of English: A writer’s handbook. White Plains, NY: Pearson Education.
Zwier, L. (2002). Building academic vocabulary. Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press.
A good English/English dictionary, such as the Collins COBUILD Dictionary. (The Collins COBUILD Dictionary is a very useful dictionary for improving one's writing skills and invaluable for non-native speakers of English).


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