Scientific English

The scientific community is borderless and its common language is English - so it's time to brush up on basics in our set of workshops.

Reading, Writing and Presenting are basic skills required in every aspect of university studies. Academic English professional Paul Abbott tops it off with additional workshops focusing on grammar issues and scienfitic (or political) discussions.

Upper intermediate English or better (CEFR B1-B2) is required or at least strongly recommended so you will be able to follow the course.


2d | Scientific Presenting

Giving a presentation is hard, and it's even harder when the job has to be done in a foreign language. Participants in these workshops can practice their presentation skills in English and improve their performance.

First we look at a presentation on This website documents performances from a wide variety of speakers who are experts in their fields. We set standards and review relevant language. Then each participant gives 3 presentations: a 2-minute, a 5-minute, and a 10-minute presentation. Participants are invited to use existing material. Video analysis of final presentations will be available. The goal is to structure your performance and use rhetorical techniques so that you can communicate useful information to your audience.

Block 2 | Monday, 30.03.2020 | 15-19 h | Online

Maximum number of participants: 20 | → register here


4d | Scientific Reading

First we look at the kinds of texts that we read and the reading strategies that we use. A practical approach to reading texts in English is introduced and we apply it to short texts from relevant fields. The approach focuses on 4 reading phases: preparation, scanning, skimming and reading for detail. The goal of the workshop is to help participants improve as conscious readers who can recognize the structure of texts, identify key elements and read intensely where it counts most.

Block 4 | Tuesday, 31.03.2020 | 15-19 h | Online

Maximum number of participants: 20 | → register here


6d | Scientific Writing

First we look at scientific publication and how it works. We discuss common writing tasks, including the abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion and conclusion. Language associated with each task is introduced. We consider grammar and style issues that challenge writers who have German as a first language. Areas of focused practice include writing vigorously, writing objectively, building paragraphs, composing an abstract, and describing the visual display of quantitative information. We wrap it up by applying these resources to personal research results.

Block 6 | Wednesday, 01.04.2020 | 15-19 h | Online

Maximum number of participants: 20 | → register here

This workshop is part of a cooperation with the Kompass³-Program for International Students. Kompass³-members may register exclusively up to 12 seats via the Kompass³-registraton process. Remaining seats will be made available for all students after 06.03.2020.

Special 1b | Scientific Writing (Zusatztermin)

Aufgrund der hohen Nachfrage bieten wir einen zweiten Termin an.

Der Inhalt ist identisch zu 6d | Scientific Writing.

Thursday, 02.04.2020 | 9-13 h | Online

Maximum number of participants: 20 | → register here


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