Course "Tricks and Traps of Writing an Abstract"
Which part of an academic paper does everyone read? It’s definitely an abstract. A well-written abstract can promote the research and its author and ensure their visibility in the academic world. In the one-day course, we will talk about readers of our abstracts and their expectations, common problems with abstracts and ways to avoid them. We’ll discuss main types of abstracts, their components, structure, and useful language for each component that will help you formulate your ideas effectively. We will look at different strategies that will help you make the wording of the abstract as natural as possible. We will also compare conventions in different disciplines and journals, practice writing abstracts and adapting them to different journals, and evaluate them using a set of criteria. Finally, we’ll briefly talk about principles of selecting key words that typically follow an abstract.
Trainer: Tatiana Golechkova, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Languages at the New Economic School, a Cambridge Delta qualified EFL teacher and teacher-trainer with broad experience in teaching academic writing and speaking to undergraduate and graduate students as well as academics. Tatiana's areas of special interest include strategies for effective communication, public speaking, and genre features and sociocultural peculiarities of English academic texts.
Date&Time: May 13, 10:00 - 17:45
English level requirement: B2
How do I get accepted? You should be a full-time employee from teaching or research staff at the HSE.
The course is offered on a competitive basis. Please fill out an online registration form and write a motivation letter in English (about 300 words). Please describe your experience of research writing in English and the difficulties you have faced when preparing an abstract. Explain how the new skills are relevant to your teaching and/or research.
For more information on how to write a strong motivation letter, please read the AWC blog.