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Editing and Revising One’s Own and Other’s Texts for Publication: Academic Writing 3 (103)


15th May 2019

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Dr Jeannette Regan



This workshop is intended as a writing and revising day for doctoral candidates currently at the writing stage of their article or thesis. It will be assumed that participants are already familiar with audience design, paragraph coherence and cohesion, features of academic English, and rhetorical principles in the various parts of an academic publication. These guidelines and principles will provide the basis upon which participants will revise and edit their own and other participants' texts.


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 workshop is aimed at doctoral candidates who have reached the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). To assess their level, participants should use the following tool based on the CEFR: Participants are strongly recommended to take this third training course after Academic Writing 1 and Academic Writing 2 (or similar courses).


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 and revising (editing) texts necessary to complete their doctorate. By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • understand more completely how to organize information in paragraphs,
  • revise their own texts to a more advanced level,
  • request specific language feedback on their texts and provide such feedback to colleagues,
  • handle their difficulties when writing in academic English more effectively, and
  • develop 'language friendships" with other CUSO doctoral candidates to continue improving their texts.


The participants' papers and subjects in language or writing they have chosen to work on will provide the content of the workshop (a choice of subjects will be provided).


Preparation for the course

There are several steps to prepare for the course.

(1) Participants will be asked to submit a three-part writing sample. Using the template provided prior to the workshop, participants should note what specific strengths and difficulties they have when they write in academic English.

(Participants in previous Academic Writing workshops should use the comment code to convey this information.)

(2) Participants should write a brief description of their doctoral dissertation or current research/writing project to provide the instructor and other participants with a broader context in which to read the text they want to revise (edit).

(3) Participants should select and submit an excerpt of up to two pages from the text they are currently writing.

(4) 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. (Participants in the Academic Writing 1 and 2 courses organized by the CUSO may use the same model article or a different one.)

(5) Finally, from the list provided, participants should select and submit the two subjects they would find most useful to work on during the workshop. Since this is a workshop, participants should bring language and writing resources, such as the booklets of material from previous modules or other writing courses with them.

Participants are requested to use online or print tools to check their spelling and grammar before submitting their writing


Work will be required two weeks prior to the workshop date. Participants are asked to bring two copies of their writing sample and one copy of their 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 workshop

The course will take two forms. The instructor and participants will analyze parts of participants' papers together and in small groups. During the time the instructor is speaking with each participant, the other participants will be provided with tasks relevant to the course content. Depending on participants' requests, the instructor may also provide input to the group followed by brief opportunities for practical application, questions, and discussion.


University of Fribourg


Date: Wednesday, 15th May 2019

Schedule: 9.30 am to 4.45 pm

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).



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