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Thesis Writing Programmes for EU/International Students

Authoring a doctoral thesis is a challenging undertaking for anyone, more particularly so if you are not a native speaker of English. Learning to use the language of academic research is an ongoing journey, which is closely bound up with your developing knowledge of your field. As an international/EU doctoral researcher at Reading, you can access a range of language support and resources during the course of your doctorate at no extra cost, including three in-depth writing programmes focussed specifically on doctoral level thesis writing and available exclusively to doctoral researchers.

These programmes are offered by the Graduate School in conjunction with the Academic English Programme, ISLI and are detailed below. Details of other sources of language support can be found in the booklet English Language Support for Doctoral Researchers at Reading.

Programme 1: Writing Language Practice and Development

This six-week course will give you tools to assess the clarity and effectiveness of the texts that you write. Students will be encouraged to share short extracts from their own writing which will be collectively analysed for discussion of key grammatical and lexical (vocabulary) features of good academic written communication in English. By studying key features of good academic writing and sharing and practising your writing in the classroom, you will learn how to write with more clarity, precision and effectiveness and to achieve a clear academic voice. This course is recommended for students who wish to take a practical workshop approach to improving their academic writing at doctoral level.

Programme 2 - Doctoral Thesis Writing: Structure and Language

This course will look at all key components of a doctoral thesis with focus on the purpose, structure and key language needed for each section. Extracts from successful doctoral and published research writing are analysed to develop understanding of useful organisational patterns and important language features for introducing your work, reviewing the literature, describing methodology, discussing results, concluding and writing your abstract. The programme runs in two parallel subject streams: STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) or AHSSB (arts, humanities, social science and business) and will be useful to both students who haven't previously studied in an English language context as well as students who have completed an undergraduate or Master's degree in English.

Programme 3 - Editing your Thesis with Corpora

This course will help you edit and develop your written work, equipping you with tools that have the potential to independently increase the accuracy, fluency and confidence of your research writing. You will build a collection of texts that can be accessed electronically (a corpus) and use it to critically examine the academic language of your field. Your corpus will consist of research articles in your own disciplinary field. You will also make a corpus of your own writing and compare how your writing differs from published work. You will learn how to use software to help you independently answer questions you have about grammar and usage in written discipline/field-specific academic English, and to discover how expert writers in your area of research express themselves. This programme is aimed at doctoral researchers who have a body of written work already completed, such as a substantial draft chapter or a research article, or at those preparing to submit their thesis.

Dates and Booking

Programme dates for 2019-20 are available below.  Places can be requested via the RISIS web portal in the same way that you request places on RRDP courses.  Look out for courses starting 'ISLI - ' in the listings.   (Programmes offered after summer 18-19 count as one RRDP if all classes are attended, but cannot count as more than one in any single academic year no matter how many thesis writing programmes are taken.)

Autumn term 2019-20

Programme 2 -
Doctoral Thesis Writing: Structure and language
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)
10:00 - 12:00 noon
Wednesday 16 October 2019
Wednesday 23 October 2019
Wednesday 30 October 2019
Wednesday 13 November 2019
Wednesday 20 November 2019
Wednesday 27 November 2019
(6 sessions, 12 contact hours)
Programme 2 -
Doctoral Thesis Writing: Structure and language
(Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business)

13.00 - 15:00

Wednesday 16 October 2019
Wednesday 23 October 2019
Wednesday 30 October 2019
Wednesday 13 November 2019
Wednesday 20 November 2019
Wednesday 27 November 2019
(6 sessions, 12 contact hours)
Programme 3 -
Editing your thesis with corpora

10:00 - 14:00

Thursday 17 October 2019
Thursday 24 October 2019
Thursday 31 October 2019
(3 sessions, 12 contact hours)

Spring term 2019-20

Programme 1-
Writing language practice and development
11:00 - 13:00
Wednesday 29 January 2020
Wednesday 5 February 2020
Wednesday 12 February 2020
Wednesday 26 February 2020
Wednesday 4 March 2020
Wednesday 11 March 2020
(6 sessions, 12 contact hours)
Programme 3 -
Editing your thesis with corpora
10:00 to 14:00
Wednesday 22 January 2020
Wednesday 29 January 2020
Wednesday 5 February 2020
(3 sessions, 12 contact hours)

Summer term 2019-20

Programme 2 -
Doctoral Thesis Writing: Structure and language
(Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business)
10:00 to 12:00
Wednesday 22 April 2020
Wednesday 29 April 2020
Wednesday 6 May 2020
Wednesday 13 May 2020
Wednesday 20 May 2020
Wednesday 27 May 2020
(6 sessions, 12 contact hours)
Programme 2 -
Doctoral Thesis Writing: Structure and language
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)
13:00 to 15:00
Wednesday 22 April 2020
Wednesday 29 April 2020
Wednesday 6 May 2020
Wednesday 13 May 2020
Wednesday 20 May 2020
Wednesday 27 May 2020
(6 sessions, 12 contact hours)

 

For further information: contact Dr Joanna John.

 

 

 

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