Adapting to different academic writing traditions
The key to writing a good academic text is to be aware of the academic culture and expectations of your audience. And it poses a challenge if you belong to another culture and your background is different.
Last week the AWC held a workshop on the differences in academic writing cultures. At the workshop, the trainer Irina Khoutyz outlined the typical features of the English academic writing tradition and demonstrated on relevant examples how it stands out among other writing cultures.
During the workshop the participants:
traveled back in time to touch upon different rhetorical traditions and talk about philosophical beliefs which affected academic writing traditions;
discussed dimensions to “measure” differences in academic writing traditions;
reviewed the ways to adapt to international writing requirements.
The participants’ feedback:
“I enjoyed engaging tasks on cross-cultural differences in writing traditions; great tasks introducing the structural elements of papers and the insights into cultural issues in various contexts.”
“I liked it that at the workshop we discussed the idea of different writing cultures, Aristotelian and Confucian approach, and conclusions structure.”
“The speaker explained all the information clearly and I had no problem understanding it. The tasks were engaging and interesting, so the time flew by really fast. Also, additional thanks to the co-listeners who participated in the discussion and proposed their own views and concepts.”
We would like to thank Irina for initiating a useful discussion and all the participants for being so involved!
You can watch the workshop on our Youtube channel.
Stay tuned to join the center’s events next term.