These sessions are for postgraduate students from all faculties, especially those currently doing original research. Although international students are often more keen to develop their grammatical skills, the course is equally relevant for locals.
People already writing their dissertations will generally find the course most useful. Therefore, if you’ve only just started your research degree, you should wait a bit longer before taking this course – the start of a research degree is more about background reading and contextualising your work.
The course will focus on grammatical rules as a means of expression, to (1) make sentences technically correct and (2) promote clear, fluent and effective communication. These habits develop through practice, so it is expected you will be involved every week during the course.
Each week, one student’s academic writing will be distributed to the group. Everyone will then work together to identify, discuss and understand grammatical issues in that piece of work – and how these can be used in your own writing.
The teacher will organise and prioritise the grammatical issues in each student’s work so that the discussions progress logically, helping students see the relationships between the various grammatical mistakes/constructions.
These sessions are about YOUR work, and will be based on YOUR writing, so be ready to discuss examples of your work with others.
To register, email Nicholas Collier at firstname.lastname@example.org. These workshops are about your writing. When you register, you’ll need to send a sample (about 1 page) of your writing to the above e-mail.