Languages and Culture

About this course

The aim of this course is to provide Ph.D. students with the skills which will enable them to communicate professionally in writing. The course will focus on types of scientific professional writing such as found in journals and conference papers. Special emphasis will be placed on an analysis of the structure and content of academic articles. Various rhetorical techniques such as classification, comparison and contrast, description, summary writing, etc., will be covered. In addition, the course touches upon English syntax and grammatical difficulties particular to the non-native speaker. The basics of formal English letter writing will also be addressed.

Semester Start Date: November 3, 2024

Hours per week: 3

Day & Time: TBD

The course is not for credit. It is based on pass/fail

Attendance is compulsory

Learning outcomes

The course is based on the concept that writing is a complex cognitive process and that the way to improve one's writing is through continuous practice and repetition. Therefore, the curriculum attempts to afford the student with as many opportunities as possible to engage in "academic"-type writing exercises within the limited time frame of the course.

Course requirements

Only for Graduate Students on a Thesis Track


Virtual lecture with opportunities to engage in academic-type writing exercises

Additional information

  • Credits
    ECTS 0
  • Level
  • Contact hours per week
  • Instructors
    Sarah Lurie
  • Mode of instruction
    Online - at a specific time
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Please note, for TalTech students there is an earlier deadline for applications - 18th June 2024


  • Start date

    3 November 2024

    • Ends
      2 March 2025
    • Term *
      Winter Semester 2024/2025
    • Location
    • Instruction language
    • Register between
      14 May - 29 Jul 2024
    Only 8 days to enrol
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These offerings are valid for students of TalTech (Estonia)