Welcome to Academic Writing in English - fall


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 cannot wait to work with you.

Pre-Course Call
10 and 11 September (Participants will be called on one of these days)  

Pre-Course Assignment
Sent 12 September  (Participants are expected to come to class with work completed as it will be used as part of the course)

1, 2 October 2018
12, 13 November 2018
*6 hours of course instruction each day.
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
8,9,11 October 2018
15,16,18 October 2018
*Students sign-up for time first day of course. Held via Skype or telephone

Group Sessions (2-3 participants via Skype)
29 October 2018
1 November 2018
*Participants sign-up first day of course

Homework is assigned in class. Participants will be told how and when the work is to be completed in class.

Post-Course Assignment
Given on the last day of class.  Due date for assignment completion is 30 November . 

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

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

ECTS: 2.5

Time: 1-2 October and 12-13 November 2018 (in-class dates)

Place: Fibigerstræde 16, room 1.211.

9220 Aalborg Øst

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 5 September 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.