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Rhetorical and Language Features in the Parts of a Scientific Article: Academic Writing 2 (102)


16 April 2021

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 course is aimed at doctoral candidates whose mother tongue is not English and 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 The Basics of Academic Writing in English: Academic Writing 1 or an equivalent course before Rhetorical and Language Features in the Parts of a Scientific Article.

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 brief 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 in the participant's field 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 and other similar courses). An excerpt of up to two pages from a work-in-progress may also be submitted.

Participants are requested to use online or print tools to check their spelling and grammar before submitting their writing.
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. The model article will be used as a source of stylistic and linguistic information during the workshop.
Work will be required one week prior to the workshop date. Participants are asked to bring their own copy of their writing sample and their model article to the workshop. As outlined above, the writing sample consists of a description of their current research writing, problems with writing, and up to two pages of a work-in-progress.

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.





Date: Friday 16th April 2021

Schedule: 9.30 am to 5 pm

Location: Online



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



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