Academic writing C1

Practical information

  • Teacher:           Suzana Zink
  • Level:               C1
  • Classroom:      D59
  • Address:          Av. du 1er-Mars 26
  • Time:                Thursday, 12:15pm - 1:45pm
  • Dates:               10 sessions between February 28 and Mai 9, 2019
  • Price:                Students/doctoral students UniNE : CHF 182.-
                              Staff and Alumni UniNE : CHF 234.-
                              Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.) : CHF 234.-
                              Staff other institutions : CHF 286.-

This course is aimed at Master’s students or doctoral students who need to produce / publish written work in English. Bachelor’s students and other learners whose proficiency level is B2+/ C1 and who wish to practise writing at an advanced level may also attend.

There are no special entry requirements except for the students’ level of English, which must be at least B2. If you are not sure of your level, you can check the evaluation forms on our page "Language courses".

The course will allow students to:

  • use the format of different types of academic texts, i.e. abstracts / conference proposals and research papers
  • recognize register shifts/ levels of formality and the characteristics of academic style
  • summarize existing research in their own words
  • write an abstract as well as contribute to peer-reviewing other students’ abstracts
  • write an introduction
  • master and use the main vocabulary for describing diagrams

The ten sessions will cover a variety of topics including: the characteristics of academic writing, writing an abstract, hedging, summarizing research, abstract nouns in academic writing, the structure of a research paper, writing an introduction and conclusion etc. Students will work individually, in pairs or take part in whole-class activities. Some exercises will involve peer-reviewing and discussing short texts.

Students are required to write and submit two short texts (an abstract and an introduction), which will be assessed in terms of:

  • content, especially the extent to which they conform to the format and characteristics of the genre (as discussed in class),
  • coherence and cohesion,
  • the range and accuracy of vocabulary and grammatical structures,
  • overall communicative achievement.

The course material is going to be distributed in class. Students are required to contribute CHF 10.- towards the cost of printing and photocopying.



Registration is open until February 27

English tutorial

English tutorials are held 4 hours/week:

Monday : 12 - 2pm

Tuesday : 5 - 7pm