Language Center Workshops

The Language Center organizes workshop series on general language-related issues in academia. There are no requirements or prerequisites to visit the workshops; everyone is welcome to join, no matter if you’re a freshman or if you’re writing your MA thesis.


Workshop series I

“What’s the point? Tips and techniques for academic language use”

Target group: all students who want to improve their academic English language skills

Fall 1

Cracking Complex Academic Texts
When? Thursday, 20 September 2018, 6-8pm
Where? room 3.12

Do you feel overwhelmed with your course readings? In this workshop, you will get to know and try out a number of reading strategies to assist you in understanding challenging course material.
By the end of this workshop, you will …

  • have an awareness of different goals and strategies when reading different types of texts
  • know different reading strategies, such as scanning, skimming, and SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review) to enhance their reading comprehension and learning efficiency
  • know how to choose and apply an appropriate reading strategy for different texts

Fall 2

Finding your voice: getting actively involved in classroom discussions

Spring 1

Arguing the point: strategies for written expression

Spring 2

Winning your audience: strategies for impactful presentations


Workshop series II

“Becoming an independent researcher: planning your research process”

Target group: undergraduate and graduate students who need to produce a significant piece of independent research (e.g. a thesis)

Fall 1

Producing a Research Proposal (research design)
When? Tuesday, 25 September, 12-2pm
Where? room 1.14

Are you planning your senior or graduate thesis? Do you need to complete a thesis proposal or approval form? We invite you to a free 2-hour workshop to explore requirements such as the research question and literature review.
By the end of this workshop, you will …

  •  be able to describe the main components of an effective research proposal, particularly the function of the research question
  •   be equipped to produce an effective subject-specific research proposal

Fall 2

Research Planning Process (conducting and completing research)

Spring 1

Presenting a Research Project

Spring 2

Responding to Constructive Criticism (peer review)