Academic Writing


As the world becomes ever more interconnected, the importance of English as a primary global language is an inescapable fact. This is as true in academia as in any other field. To fully participate in the academic world requires a level of proficiency not only in general English but in the formal and regulated context of Academic English. This course aims to provide the tools to develop these necessary skills.

Optional free Oxford online placement test.

Seminar content

  • Useful phrases and collocations
  • Using library and citation software
  • Paraphrasing
  • Developing academic ideas
  • How to learn academic vocabulary
  • Structuring academic English – sentences, paragraphs and chapters
  • Literature reviews
  • Developing an academic phrase bank

Your benefits

You will acquire the skills needed to use English for academic purposes.

You are able to use idiomatic phrases and essential vocabulary which will be practiced with communicative activities in a relaxed atmosphere.

The academic process will be followed from forming ideas to on-line publishing.

You will be introduced to software for building vocabulary, making mind maps, and library and citation software.

Upon completion, seminar participants

  • will be able to master the language skills needed to use English for academic purpose.
  • will be able to apply idiomatic phrases and essential vocabulary.
  • will know how to structure academic English and to develop academic ideas.
  • will know how to use library and citation software.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching and learning methods are: Active learning methods: applied exercises, individual, pair and group work, brainstorming, discussions.

Required technical equipment

The seminar will be held via Zoom, the participants will receive the relevant link some days prior to seminar start.
Internet connection, headphones and speakers, if possible a camera (not obligatory).

On the lecturer

Barry Jenkins is also a certified Business English trainer for adults and has a degree in social science. He has developed and taught English courses across a wide range of scientific and technical fields, and has also prepared classes in the social sciences and humanities. He is currently active in four different Austrian academic institutions. As well as being a Professional English trainer, Barry also lectures in academic English, sociology, and intercultural management. He and Andrea Zimpernik are currently updating the unlimited series of English textbooks for the Austrian school system.

Auf einen Blick

Zielgruppe Students, researchers and lecturers who are writing or planning to write academic texts such as theses, research articles or abstracts in English.
Abschluss Certificate of Attendance

Barry Jenkins BSc (Hons)
 Barry Jenkins BSc (Hons)

Unterrichtssprache English
Veranstaltungsort Online

€ 420,00 (exempt from VAT)

External participants early-bird: € 340,00 (exempt from VAT, until 12th August 2021)

FH Campus Wien students/alumni: € 340,00 (exempt from VAT)