Welcome to Academic Writing in English - spring


Good Academic Writing is vital to the success of any academic who wants to further his or her career. As an academic, it is expected that you publish and present. That is just the way it is.

It can be intimidating to write well in a non-native language and feel confident. This course will provide you with the skills you need to move forward confidently in your English academic writing. In addition to in-class time, you will get 1-1 time with me, work in small groups and have an online platform to ask questions and have them answered. I will provide you with infdividual feedback that will strengthen your skills. 

We will look at:

  • Publication Process
  • What editors look for (based on instructor’s correspondence with editors)
  • Peer Review Process
  • Writing a letter to the editor (participants given tips from editors that instructor has contacted)
  • Questions to ask yourself before you submit
  • Plagiarism
  • Punctuation for Academic Writing
  • Effective Academic Writing
  • Combining sentences and ideas smoothly
  • Academic Words and Phrases
  • Parts of a Journal Article (With tips on how to make each part effective)
  • How to evaluate journal requirements
  • Differences between British, American and Global English: How to know which to use

As your instructor, I bring an extensive background in Academic Writing instruction and editing. I taught Academic Writing at La Sierra University in Riverside, California and have taught this course extensively here in Denmark. I am committed to making this whole process easier for you and can’t wait to work with you.

In-class schedule  (19 and 20 March and 30 April and 1 May 2018)

08.30-10.00 Class

10.00-10.10 Break

10.10-11.40 Class

11.40-12.10 Lunch

12.10-13.40 Class

13.40-13.50 Break

13.50-15.20 Class

1-1 Sessions


3, 4, 5 April 2018

9, 10, 11 April 2018

*Students sign-up for time first day of course. Held via Skype or telephone

Group Sessions (2-3 participants via Skype)

23 April 2018

24 April 2018

*Participants sign-up first day of course


Assignment given last day in-class (1 May 2018) and must be returned to instructor by 15 May 2018. Instructor will have feedback to participants by 15 June 2018.

Organizer: Tamara McGee

Lecturers: Tamara McGee, MA, President TRM English Consulting and TRM English Academy, Academic Writing Instructor

ECTS: 2.5

Time: 19 and 20 March and 30 April and 1 May 2018

Place:  Aalborg University, Frederik Bajersvej 7G, room Frb7G/5-112

9220  Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 10 February 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.