Workshops for Academic English

English Seminars for Academic Staff and PhD Students.

Seminars for Academic Staff


Offerings for February 2020

We offer a variety of FREE academic English seminars for PhD students and academic staff. We also offer in-house seminars, tailored to the needs of your workgroup, for a reasonable fee. We are happy to develop and provide semester courses according to your needs, including Academic Presentations, Academic English for Master's Students, Thesis Writing, and more. Please contact Dr. Lucy Blaney-Laible for details and pricing: e-mail.

Attention: These are seminars for 'akademische MitarbeiterInnen' (university doctoral students and university academic employees), not for undergraduate students. For undergraduate student course offerings, please register via C@MPUS.    

Offerings

Dates:

February 11, 12 (Tue, Wed)

 Times:

09:00 - 13:00

 Location:

Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.041
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de

 Prerequisites:

approx. seven years of English (B2.2 level)

 Price:

0 EUR (FREE)

 Group Size:

max. 20 seminar participants

 Your trainer:

Ann Elizabeth Moreci-Hesse, M.A.

 

Do you feel you have a foreign accent when you speak English, one that possibly detracts from your professional image when delivering presentations or chairing a meeting? Would you be interested in fine-tuning your English pronunciation so that your pronunciation matches your high level of English? If so, the Language Center is pleased to be able to offer a workshop for those who want to project a competent and confident image but feel that their accent is holding them back.

This seminar focuses on the following elements:

  • learn the basics of English pronunciation and intonation
  • identify your typical mistakes and problem areas related to pronunciation and intonation
  • learn ways to reduce your accent and communicate clearly and precisely
  • begin to develop ways to harness the power of your voice

Enrollment via ILIAS

Dates:

February 14 (Fri)

 Times:

09:00 - 13:00

 Location:

Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.041
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de

 Prerequisites:

approx. seven years of English (B2.2 level) AND already taken Voice Training I

 Price:

0 EUR (FREE)

 Group Size:

max. 20 seminar participants

 Your trainer:

Ann Elizabeth Moreci-Hesse, M.A.

 

This seminar is for anyone who has taken Voice Training I and would like to practice more or refresh their skills.

Enrollment via ILIAS

Dates:

February 19, 20, 21 (Wed, Thu, Fri)

 Times:

09:00 - 13:00 

 Location:

Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.041
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de

 Prerequisites:

B2.2 level

 Price:

0 EUR (FREE)

 Group Size:

max 20. participants

 Your trainer:

Dr. Cindy Halbert-Seger

 

Academic presentations are an integral part of any academic career. Increasingly, scholars are tasked with presenting their research in English in an international setting. This workshop is geared towards preparing academic staff to present papers in English in a conference setting. Workshop participants will gain the unique tools to improve their next academic presentation in English.  The major tools are 1) clear structure and story line (which you have listed), 2) rule of three, signal and linking words, grammatical parallelism, and 3) hooks and props (engaging audience belongs to this)

Learning Objectives:

  • gain confidence presenting academic papers and ideas in English
  • communicate clearly and effectively in an academic setting
  • learn key language structures for presenting in English
  • present a clear structure and have a story line
  • signal and linking words
  • rule of three
  • grammatical parallelism
  • engage the audience through hooks and props
  • discussing data
  • make effective arguments

Enrollment via ILIAS

 Dates:

February 19, 21, 28 (Wed, Fri, Fri)

 Times:

14:00 - 18:00

 Location:

Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.041
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de

 Prerequisites:

approx. seven years of English (B2.2 level)

 Price:

0 EUR (FREE)

 Group Size:

max. 20 seminar participants

Your Trainer

Dr. Colleen Dockery-Alami

 

At some stage in their careers most academics today will be called upon to disseminate the results of their research in English, be it in the form of an abstract, a submission for a paper at a conference, an article for an academic journal or even a thesis or book. While many academics in Germany possess a relatively high level of English-language competence, they often run into difficulties when putting pen to paper. This often comes down to interference from their mother tongue as well as stylistic differences between English and German in academic writing. This workshop will attempt to identify the main problem areas non-native speakers have when writing in English and provide tips on how to improve their writing. Furthermore, peer review and individual coaching will put into practice what is learned throughout the workshop. This seminar is specifically adapted to the needs of scientists and engineers, with particular focus on technical writing, process descriptions, describing data, and other specific needs for science scholars.

Content:

  • key academic vocabulary (drawn from the Academic Word List, among other sources)
  • sentence structure and paragraph building
  • academic writing style
  • discourse markers and coherence
  • describing graphs and presenting data
  • expressing cause and effect relationships
  • false friends
  • collocations

Enrollment via ILIAS

Dates:

February 20 (Thu)

 Times:

14:00 - 17:00

 Location:

Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.041
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de

 Prerequisites:

approx. seven years of English (B2.2 level) 

 Price:

0 EUR (FREE)

 Group Size:

max. 20 seminar participants

 Your trainer:

Dr. Ines Böhner

 

In this workshop participants will be able to hone their speaking and writing skills in everyday workplace situations that are particular to academics, researchers and scientists, such as talking about your job and research and advising students.

Learning Objectives:

  • talking about your job, research, and place of employment
  • participating in telephone calls and conferences
  • managing a conversation
  • emailing
  • taking part in academic discussions and meetings

Enrollment via ILIAS

Dates:

February 26 (Wed)

 Times:

14:00 - 17:00

 Location:

Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.041
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de

 Prerequisites:

approx. seven years of English (B2.2 level)

 Price:

0 EUR (FREE)

 Group Size:

max. 20 seminar participants

 Your trainer:

Dr. Ines Böhner

 

This workshop will help you build some of your academic vocabulary to enhance your writing and speaking abilities. The seminar focuses on key words and phrases every academic should be able to use.

Topics covered in this seminar include:

  • Working with the Academic Word List (AWL)
  • Common collocations of research writing and speaking
  • Key phrases for explaining your research
  • The best resources for taking your vocabulary further and making your writing smoother

Enrollment via ILIAS

Dates:

February 27 (Thu)

 Times:

14:00 - 17:00

 Location:

Sprachenzentrum der Universität Stuttgart
Breitscheidstr. 2
Room 1.041
www.sz.uni-stuttgart.de

 Prerequisites:

approx. seven years of English (B2.2 level) AND already taken Voice Training I

 Price:

0 EUR (FREE)

 Group Size:

max. 20 seminar participants

 Your trainer:

Dr. Ines Böhner

 

Do you find that you have plenty of good ideas for writing about your research, but that English grammar constantly gets in the way? Sometimes simple mechanics can make writing more complicated than it needs to be. This is a condensed review for researchers who want to overcome on-going problems or a quick refresher for those who have not taken an English class recently. The workshop focuses on common grammar and style issues faced by academics, and seeks to address each one briefly so that you can write more quickly and confidently.

Topics covered in this seminar may include (according to the needs of the participants):

  • Verb conjugations and uses
  • Commas, apostrophes, semi-colons and other punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • Relative clauses (that, which, who)
  • Common issues with prepositions
  • Run-on and fragment sentences
  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • Common grammar mistakes made in academic writing by non-native speakers

Enrollment via ILIAS

Registration

The number of available places is limited. Places are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

By joining a respective ILIAS workshop-group (see: link below), you are automatically enrolled in the workshop. 

If you do not want to participate in the workshop after all, you have until the end of the registration period (7 days before the start of the workshop) to withdraw from the course (by leaving the group) and free your place for the next applicant on the waiting list.

Enrollment via ILIAS

Feedback and Suggestions

If you have already taken one of our seminars and would like to tell us your opinion, please send an e-mail to Dr. Lucy Blaney-Laible.

Write an e-mail

If you are interested in other types of courses, please see our offerings on C@MPUS for undergraduates, or contact Dr. Lucy Blaney-Laible: e-mail

Contact Person for Academic English Workshops

Lucy Blaney-Laible
Dr.

Lucy Blaney-Laible

Deputy Head of the Language Center
Academic employee of the English Department

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