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

November 29, 2018 (6-8 p.m.)

Finding your voice: getting actively involved in classroom discussions

If you feel intimidated by classroom discussions, this workshop will provide you with useful strategies and activities to help you shed your inhibitions and actively contribute to academic discourse.
By the end of this workshop, you will

  • know how to express your ideas and hedge your comments successfully, using a variety of rhetorical devices
  • know how to use others’ comments and questions as starting points for your own contributions
  • be able to anticipate and prepare for comments ahead of time by taking notes effectively

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)

Are you a senior student in Business and Management or International Relations? Do you plan to write your thesis during the spring semester? If so, our free 2-hour workshop will unpack the thesis approval form which needs to be submitted in November. We’ll focus on the research question and literature review to help get your thesis off to a flying start.  

Date & Time: Tues 6th Nov, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Room 2.14

Spring 1

Presenting a Research Project

Spring 2

Responding to Constructive Criticism (peer review)