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Illustration for news: Writing a strong academic text: On grammar and beyond

Writing a strong academic text: On grammar and beyond

Academic writing is a highly demanding endeavor. Like in any other genre, the author should strive to be eloquent and effective, but on top of that - precise and concise. What can help a budding academic writer achieve these standards? A toolkit of smart language techniques, nominalization being one of them. 

Illustration for news: How to soften or emphasize in academic writing?

How to soften or emphasize in academic writing?

The Academic Writing Center ran a workshop on hedging and boosting in academic context.

Illustration for news: The art of criticism: How to be polite and constructive

The art of criticism: How to be polite and constructive

In our professional life, we all have to master the art of criticism at some point. This task can be challenging even in a native language, and it often looks daunting when we face the necessity to criticize people from other cultures in a foreign language. 

Accent: How to boost your intelligibility

What is most important for pronunciation? To be understood! 

Illustration for news: The art of emailing: Being polite and / or firm?

The art of emailing: Being polite and / or firm?

How to find the right wording for a request in a business email? How to tackle a delicate or potentially problematic situation in correspondence? Where does the fine line between assertiveness and impoliteness lie?

Illustration for news: Boosting academic success: Mastering self-efficacy

Boosting academic success: Mastering self-efficacy

Has it ever occurred to you that we often focus on the negative aspects of our academic work, which may lead to writer's block, frustration from critical feedback, procrastination, and other unpleasant consequences?

Illustration for news: The “D” in IMDaD: Building a strong Discussion

The “D” in IMDaD: Building a strong Discussion

Which section of a research article is the most challenging to write? Many authors would argue that it’s Discussion. How to give an effective and concise overview of your research and set it in a wider context?

Illustration for news: Vocabulary as a writer’s identity

Vocabulary as a writer’s identity

Vocabulary is not just one of many tools at a writer’s disposal. The choice of words may bolster or undermine the author’s intention, and the lexical profile is an integral part of a writer’s identity. Therefore, perfecting their lexical toolkit is essential for every researcher who aspires to be an international author.

Illustration for news: Culture connection: Take the opportunity to practice English

Culture connection: Take the opportunity to practice English

The AWC has picked out free events that might be of interest to you for enhancing your English language proficiency. Practice English and discover the cultural diversities with the American academic community.

Spend the rest of the winter days studying

The semester at the Academic writing center is off to an exciting and unique start. We've already had a one-day course on academic vocabulary and a series of public speaking workshops where participants got to practice using virtual reality goggles. Before the end of the month, be sure to register and attend a few more of our events.