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 and at Arqus alliance member universities.


About the course: 
Before the course, participants will be asked to submit a sample of an academic text they have written in English (between 200–400 words). Exercises will be developed from these texts to teach the key elements of academic writing and presenting in English (i.e., relevant grammar, punctuation and style, clear and concise communication, and how to target specific audiences). The first two classes will consist of group instruction, individual guidance, and small-group exercises, as students prepare a 5-minute presentation on a topic relevant to their academic work. Each student will give their presentation in the third class: feedback will be provided both by the instructor and the other course participants.
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.
Week 42: Monday 18., Wednesday 20., Friday 22. October 09:00-12:00

Course 2: Faculties Humanities, and Social sciences.
Week 43: Monday 25., Wednesday 27., Friday 29. October 09:00-12:00

Course 3: Faculties: Law, Psychology, and Fine Art, Music & Design
Week 44: Monday 1., Wednesday 3., Friday 5. November,  09:00-12:00.

Course 4: Faculties: Medicine,  and Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Week 45: Monday 8., Wednesday 10., Friday 12. November, 09:00-12:00.

Course 5: Faculties: Humanities, and Social sciences.
Week 46: Monday 15., Wednesday 17., Friday 19. November,  09:00-12:00.

Course 6: Faculties: Law, Psychology, and Fine Art, Music & Design
Week 47: Monday 22., Wednesday 24., Friday 26. November,  09:00-12:00.

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). 

About registration: The registration form has not been opened yet.