Workshop "Writing Research English"

This workshop offers students a practical guide to the process of writing scientific texts (e.g. progress reports, abstracts for conferences and research articles) in English.  It studies essential features of academic writing such as formality, precision and clarity and provides practical methods for improvement in these areas. It also introduces participants to conventions commonly adopted in each section of a thesis/research article, outlining frequently occurring communicative ‘moves’ and identifying the corresponding key phrases. During all sessions, participants will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and to apply the theory to their own texts.

Schedule and Outline

  • Constructing a research paper: The overall view
  • Language issues I: The vocabulary shift - precision and formality
  • Language issues II: Finding your flow - coherence and cohesion
  • The Abstract: Drawing the reader in
  • The Introduction and Discussion: Positioning your study


Short practical exercises illustrate the use of each language point and provide participants with plenty of opportunities to apply the knowledge they have gained. Relatively small groups foster a relaxed atmosphere, encouraging discussion and a high degree of interaction.


  • Improve language proficiency in terms of formality and precision
  • Learn to structure writing effectively
  • Become familiar with common disciplinary writing conventions


Number of Participants: 15 participants max.  

Target Group: native and non-native English speaking PhD students

Time: Thursday, 28 June 2018, 9 a.m.–4.30 p.m.

Place: Am Zwinger 6 (ZW6), Room 01.04

Trainer: Dr. Deborah Bennett, B-E-T-A Bamberg

Registration: via e-mail to until 15 June, 2018

About the Trainer:
Deborah Bennett is a freelance trainer in English for research purposes and uses her unique combination of experience in academia, research and teaching to provide specialist training in academic writing and presentation skills.