Course - language

Improve your Academic Writing and Presentation Skills in English

The course is arranged by the HR-department at UiB and is offered to PhD candidates and post doctors at UiB or affiliated to the UiB. 


About the course: 
Before the course, participants will be sent a questionnaire about the nature of their work and their specific needs. Participants will also be asked to submit a sample of an academic text they have written in English (around 200–400 words). Each class will consist of group instruction, individual guidance, and small-group exercises. Moreover, each participant will be expected to write and then give a short academic presentation (5–7 minutes): feedback will be provided both by the instructor and the other course participants. These texts—and those sent before the course begins—will form the basis of the exercises used to teach the key elements of academic writing and presenting in English (i.e., relevant grammar, punctuation and style, clear and concise communication, the difference between informal and formal language, and how to target specific audiences).
Note: Each class will be immediately followed by an optional 50-minute supported writing session, where the instructor will provide one-on-one guidance to participants on specific issues they may encounter while working on their own texts. 
All sessions will be held digitally on zoom. 

Course objectives:

  • To increase participants’ confidence in presenting/writing/teaching in English
  • To help participants translate their research findings into academic texts and presentations To improve participants’ oral English in an academic context, particularly with a view towards presenting at international meetings, conferences, lectures and seminars
  • To strengthen participants’ ability to express themselves clearly and fluently, and improve their ability to communicate their desired message
  • To enable participants to use English in an academic and social context throughout the course
  • To provide participants with individual guidance on their academic writing and presenting, as well as constructive peer feedback
  • To give participants resources on the “nitty gritty” of academic writing and presenting in English, as well as a broad overview of how to communicate simply but elegantly in academic settings

Course 1 (Faculties: Medicine and Mathematics and Natural Sciences) - Tuesdays 1/6, 8/6 and 15/6 – 0900-1200 
Course 2 (Faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences) - Wednesdays 2/6, 9/6 and 16/6 – 0900-1200
Course 3 (Law, Psychology, and Fine Art, Music & Design) - Mondays 7/6, 14/6 and 21/6 – 13.30-16.30

We will group participants from the faculties according to the list below far as possible.  If you cannot attend the course designated for your faculty, you can choose to participate in one of the other courses. 

About the teacher: The course will be held by Nicole Gallicchio, MA. She has taught academic writing at the University of Chicago, Michigan State University and the Inland Norway University (among others).