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Rhetorical and Language Features in the Parts of a Scientific Article: Academic Writing 2 (106)


4 December 2018 - COMPLET / FULL

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Dr. Jeannette Regan



This training course will help doctoral candidates identify the rhetorical ('move') structure in introductions and to address grammar (e.g. tense use) and lexical (e.g. specific vocabulary) questions related to various parts of an academic article. There will also be further work on paragraph development using topic sentences.

Target group

The workshop is designed for doctoral candidates who are not native English speakers. Please review carefully the information below before you request registration. The course is aimed at doctoral candidates who have reached the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). To assess your level, please use the following tool based on the CEFR:

Participants are strongly recommended to take this as a second training course after The Basics of Academic Writing in English: Academic Writing 1 (or a similar course).

Learning objectives

The main aim of the course is to support the further development of the individual writer's skill, confidence, and ease when writing texts necessary to complete a doctoral program; by the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • identify the rhetorical ('move') structure in introductions,
  • address grammar (e.g., tense use) and lexical (e.g., specific vocabulary) questions related to various parts of an academic article, and
  • continue to form 'language friendships' with other CUSO students in order to improve their writing though reciprocal feedback.

Training content

Two areas will be included in the course: the rhetorical shape of an empirical research article and language issues related to the introduction, methods, results, and discussion sections.

Preparation for the training

The instructor would like to review a sample of each participant's writing prior to the workshop. Participants will be provided with a template with which to prepare a description of their doctoral thesis or current research/writing project, including any problems they encounter as they write in academic English. The description should be addressed to an interested reader not involved in this research and written in two to three paragraphs using topic sentences and techniques for paragraph cohesion and coherence (presented in CUSO's The Basics of Academic Writing in English: Academic Writing 1 and other similar courses). An excerpt of up to two pages from a work-in-progress may also be submitted.

Participants will also select what they consider to be a 'model article' (in English) in their specific field of research. It should be an article from a high-impact international journal and the type of study should ideally be similar to their own.
Work will be required one week prior to the workshop date. Participants are asked to bring their own copy of their writing sample and model article to the workshop. The model article will be used as a source of stylistic and linguistic information during the workshop.

Form of the training

The training course will have two forms. Input will be followed by brief opportunities for practical application, questions, and discussion. During the time the instructor is speaking with each participant, the other participants will be provided with tasks relevant to the course content.



University of Fribourg


Date: Tuesday, 4 December 2017

Schedule: 9:30 to 17

Location: University of Fribourg


Dr. Jeannette Regan, freelance instructor, editor, and learning advisor to doctoral candidates and several Swiss doctoral programs (, formerly of the language centers at the University of Lausanne and Fribourg.


Participants are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train between the city of their university and the location of the workshop (half-fare card, 2nd class). A reimbursement form will be supplied to all registered participants for this workshop.



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