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Editing and Revising Texts for Publication (103)


28 May 2021

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. Participants should already be familiar with audience design, paragraph coherence and cohesion, features of academic English, and rhetorical principles in the various parts of an academic publication because these guidelines and principles will provide the basis upon which participants will revise and edit their own and other participants' texts.


Target group

Please review carefully the information below before you request registration.

The workshop is designed for doctoral candidates who are not native English speakers but who have reached at least 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 should note that the C1 level represents a considerably higher level than B2, so it is advisable to take careful note especially of the differences in writing skills between levels B2 and C1 to ensure they have reached the C1 level. It is strongly recommended to take this workshop only after having taken basic writing courses for academic English.


Learning objectives

The workshop's main aim is to support the further development of the individual writer's skill, confidence, and ease when writing as well as revising and editing texts necessary to complete their doctorate. By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • revise their own texts to a more advanced level,
  • understand more completely how to organize information in paragraphs,
  • 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 or writing they have chosen to work on will provide the content of the workshop.


Preparation for the course

Participants will be asked to submit a three-part writing sample.

(1) Using the template provided prior to the workshop, participants should briefly note what specific strengths and difficulties they have when they write in academic English.

(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 or edit.

(3) Participants should select and submit an excerpt of up to two pages from the text they are currently writing. They should indicate what section of the text the excerpt comes from as well as how far advanced the text is (e.g., first draft, ready to submit).

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 should bring laptops or paper and pens as well as language and writing resources, such as material from previous writing courses with them.

Work will be required one week prior to the workshop date. Participants are asked to bring two copies of their writing sample and one copy of their model article, which will be used as a source of stylistic and linguistic information during the workshop.


Form of the workshop

The workshop will take two forms. The instructor and participants will analyze parts of participants' papers together in what is referred to as guided practice. In pairs or small groups, participants will edit another participant's text. During this time, the instructor will briefly speak with each participant, adressing questions or concerns about their texts or academic writing in general.




Date: Friday, 28th May 2021

Schedule: 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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