Academic Writing in English (Part 1)

This course is designed to refresh or polish academic writing skills in English. It is the opportunity for those actively involved in writing academic papers to take a step back and look at what is involved in the process.

This will involve:

  • a top down approach to writing: an examination of what constitutes a good paragraph and how to create coherence and unity in a text,
  • a bottom-up approach: polishing sentence level aspects such as punctuation and grammatical and stylistic features,
  • a specific look at the requirements of some of the sections of a research paper, such as the abstract and the introduction.

The course will involve an analysis of model texts that illustrate good or not so good academic writing. The idea is that if you are able to identify why a piece of writing is good you will then be able to apply these techniques to your own writing. Participants will be given the opportunity to bring in or produce samples of their own writing in order to get feedback. The course will be interactive and practical.

A follow-up workshop (Part II) will be offered in the summer semester.

 Please note:

Participation is subject to the successfully passed public presentation of your dissertation project.

Date & Registration

1st Group:

10 November 2017, 9 am - 1 pm
17 November 2017,
9 am - 1 pm
1 December 2017, 9 am -1 pm

2nd Group:

07 February 2017, 9 am - 1 pm
14 February 2017, 9 am - 1 pm
21 February 2017, 9 am - 1 pm

Location: Center for Doctoral Studies, Berggasse 7, Seminar room 2 (2nd floor)

Registration: Online registration

Registration takes place exclusively online via UNIVIS. We are sorry, but we cannot consider e-mail registrations. Please, mind the registration deadline, which generally ends 3 weeks before start of a course. With your registration you commit yourself to participating in the whole workshop. Course material is sent to a participant's unet e-mail address and has to be taken along to the workshop.


Senj Temple

Senj Temple has an MA in Applied Linguistics and both the Certificate and Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language (TEFL). Seh is Canadian and has taught English in one capacity or another for over 20 years, having taught in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Italy and The Netherlands. She came to Austria in 2007 and has been teaching Academic Writing Skills not only at the Doctoral Centre of the University of Vienna but also at the Diplomatic Academy, and at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna, Burgenland and Krems. She also gives writing workshops at the UN. She is particularly interested in designing practical workshops to meet the needs of graduate students and professionals.