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Academic English for Danish Speaking PhD Students, Winter 2018 (Aarhus)

Graduate School of Science and Technology at Aarhus University

Objectives of the course:
The goal of the course is to provide participants with the tools required and knowledge necessary, in the form of vocabulary and grammatical structures, to critique, identify and write better articles, abstracts and scientific papers. 

Please note that the main focus of this course is on the actual language, i.e. grammar, vocabulary, language structure, etc., and not so much on how to structure a scientific text, i.e. the rules and requirements, building up the actual text, presenting findings, etc. The latter will only be touched briefly upon. 

The course provides participants with an appreciation of several writing styles used in different fields of research.  A deeper understanding of these differences are gained through completing written tasks and participating in group discussions using a selection of published papers.   

Participants are also afforded the opportunity of presenting material verbally through group discussion, feedback and oral presentation.  


Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course the student should be able to:
- demonstrate the ability to identify the differences between formal and informal English
- demonstrate proficiency in the vocabulary of academic writing
- identify and employ the appropriate language, punctuation and structures required in academic writing
- write an academic paper in English in a manner closer to those they write in their mother tongue  


Course parameters:
Language: British English
Level of course: PhD Course
Semester/quarter: Autumn 2018
Hours per week: 8
Capacity limits: Maximum 20, minimum 10  


Compulsory programme:
Written assignments throughout the course with a satisfactory final written test and assignment submitted at the end of the course to obtain the ECTS credits.  


Course contents:
This course aims to provide a general, but comprehensive, introduction to the formal language and punctuation required for writing academic papers. Starting at the Introduction, and then working steadily through each of the writing phases in a logical sequence. Vocabulary, relevant punctuation and suggested phrases will be provided, and developed upon, in order to equip participants with the necessary tools for effective academic writing. This course does not provide detailed grammatical instruction, however, advice and guidance in this area will be available. The core language and conventions of the course are for British Academic English. Where relevant American differences will be highlighted. 


The course is for Danish speaking PhD students.
A good knowledge of general English is required.  

Please note that you are to bring your own laptop to the sessions. As it is a writing course, the exercises conducted during session are mainly written exercises.  


Type of course/teaching methods:
The course consists of four lectures, supported by exercises and written assignments.  


Course notes will be provided.
You have the opportunity to bring your own articles and papers to the sessions, making it applicable to each and every participant.   


Course assessment:
Final written test and assignment   


Special comments on this course:
There are two versions of this course: One for Danish speaking PhD students and another for non-Danish speaking PhD students. This course is for Danish speaking PhD students.  


Monday, 12 November 2018 at 10-14.30
Thursday, 15 November 2018 at 10-14.30
Monday, 19 November 2018 at 10-14.30
Thursday, 22 November 2018 at 10-14.30


International Centre and PhD House
Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4
Building 1650
8000 Aarhus C

Conference room 1 or 2 – please see the information screens by the entrance for exact room. 


No show fee:
Please note the following: As from 2017, a no-show fee is introduced at GSST’s transferable skills courses for course participants who do not show up at the course or cancel their course participation after the course registration deadline – unless they can provide a Doctor’s note. The no-show fee will be DKK 1,200 (the price of one ECTS). The no-show fee is introduced because GSST has experienced many late cancellations, thus preventing people from the waiting lists to have a seat at the courses.   


Deadline for registration is Monday, 15 October 2018. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than Wednesday, 17 October 2018. 

How to register for the course:

Please be aware that your registration for the course not necessarily equals your admission for the course. You will receive an e-mail two days after the registration deadline regarding whether you are admitted for the course or if you are registered on the waiting list.   

Registration for participants from Aarhus University      

Registration for participants from other universities 

If you have any questions, please contact PhD Partner Liselotte K. Heller, GSST (



Deadline for registration is Monday, 15 October 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact PhD Partner Liselotte K. Heller, GSST ( 


Course dates
12 November 2018 - 22 November 2018
Eve Sangster
International Centre and PhD House
Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4, Building 1650
Aarhus C
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