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Throughout the academic year, the doctoral schools of Hasselt University are organizing several editions of the course 'Academic English' (taught by Prof. Eric Caers and Ms. Eva Cordery). This course seeks to familiarize PhD students with academic writing conventions and effective presentation skills.
The first session focuses on the features of academic and reader-friendly writing, and introduces the online e-learning module for assisted self-study covering functional grammar (tenses, linking words, quantifiers), academic writing conventions (displaying numbers and units of measurement) and the difference between British and American English.
The second session covers the different sections of an academic paper, information distribution (writing effective paragraphs, topic and stress positions), punctuation rules and paraphrasing techniques.
The third session is a scientific presentation workshop that also includes the use of graphs and charts, common mistakes and non-native structures. Example sentences relate to students' specific fields of study.
The fourth session provides personal counselling. Students are invited to submit first drafts or papers in progress for correction and error analysis beforehand. This closing session is also an opportunity for students to ask for extra e-learning feedback.

For whom?

  • Each edition is directed at PhD students from one of the three doctoral schools (max 15 participants per edition).

When and where?

  • 1st edition (ST): January 19 & 26, 2018 and February 2 & 9, 2018
    9:00-12:00 - room C1 (January 19) room C20 (January 26, February 2 & February 9), building D, campus Diepenbeek
  • 2nd edition (BSH): January 19 & 26, 2018 and February 2 & 9, 2018
    13:00-16:00 - room C20, building D, campus Diepenbeek 
  • 3rd edition (MLS): March 23 & 30 and April 20 & 27
    9:00-12:00 - room C21 (March 23), room C20 (March 30, April 20 & April 27), building D, campus Diepenbeek 
  • 4th edition (BSH & MLS): September 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2018
    9:00-12:00 - room C20, building D, campus Diepenbeek
  • 5th edition (ST): September 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2018
    13:00-16:00 - room C20, building D, campus Diepenbeek


  • DS ST (edition 1): registration closed since December 11, 2017
  • DS BSH (edition 2): registration closed since December 11, 2017
  • DS MLS (edition 3): registration closed since February 26, 2018
  • DS BSH & MLS (edition 4): registration closed since August 19, 2018
  • DS ST (edition 5): registration closed since August 19, 2018
  • Please register only if you can attend all four sessions.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by e-mail in due time.

Please be aware of the following:
As part of this course, you will get access to an online module which can be used to make exercises at home. The access to this module costs 10 euros per person, paid for by the doctoral schools. However, if you cancel your participation after official confirmation from us, personal reimbursement of this amount will need to occur (except when participating in a later edition in the same academic year). This is true regardless of the exact timing of the cancellation in the light of the cancellation & no-show policy (i.e. ≥ or < 7 days).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'research management & communication skills' - workshop on communication skills
  • DS MLS: category 'transferable skills' - one compulsory elective course 
  • DS ST: category 'scientific & generic communication' - one course about scientific and generic communication