Advanced Academic English: Writing Skills - Arts, Humanities and Law


Communication Skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities and Law

Level and Test

Participants should have an advanced knowledge of English, which will be tested before the start of the course. "English for Written Academic Purposes" can be taken at the UCT to prepare for "Advanced Academic English".
Furthermore, participants should already have some experience with writing academic articles as this can be useful for class discussions and they will be asked to bring own material to class.


A computer test has to be taken at the UCT before the start of the course to ensure that your level of English in an academic context is advanced enough to actively participate in this course (see registration procedure). The test takes 1 hour and comprises multiple choice questions, gap-fill exercises and a dictation. Check the online sample test here

If you fail this test, your registration for the course Advanced Academic English writing skills course will be cancelled.


The main objective of this course is to acquire a well-structured, coherent academic writing style and to expedite the writing process. An improved grammatical accuracy and expanded vocabulary range will support this.


The course starts with a general focus on academic style, structure and register before individually tackling each section of the research article:

  • Literature reviews
  • Introductions
  • Methodologies
  • Results
  • Discussions
  • Abstracts
  • Titles

Interactive discussion of authentic examples will be used to deduce guidelines and tips for effective academic writing. Within this academic context, several major grammatical items (for example tenses, conditionals and passive voice) will be revised to avoid frequently made mistakes. Vocabulary exercises will broaden the repertoire of the participants. Thanks to lively interaction, a discussion forum is constructed that does not strive for rigid rules and instructions, but rather boosts linguistic confidence in academic writing. The participants will receive both peer and teacher feedback throughout the course as they will be asked to hand in or bring academic writing of their own.

Time schedule & Venue

Course code Dates 1st semester 2018-2019     (1 course = 10*2 hrs)
Teaching room/Venue


weekly on Wednesday starting 3 October 2018, ending 12 December 2018 from 9:00 - 11:00

room V8, UCT, University Language Center, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 136, Gent


Dates 2nd semester 2018-2019     (1 course = 10*2 hrs)



weekly on Monday starting 11 February 2019, ending 6 May 2019
from 13:00 - 15:00

room V8, UCT, University Language Center, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 136, Gent


Note: Please bring your own coffee/refreshments. The Doctoral Schools don’t provide these unless mentioned otherwise.

Registration procedure

If the course is fully booked you can register on the waiting list:

Please read the cancellation policy: cancellationpolicycourses

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies: no-show policy UGent

The course book 'Academic English: writing a research article; Arts, Humanities and Law' (Catherine Verguts, in collaboration with Marilyn Michels) is not included and can be bought at Standaard boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent. Please ask for 10% discount as a UCT-student.



Number of participants

Maximum 23

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

During the course, participants will already receive feedback to a short excerpt of academic writing. After the end of the course, they will be asked to hand in a longer excerpt for their final evaluation which takes the received remarks into account.
This course is situated within the framework of continuous training and may count for 1 transferable skills training in the cluster Communication skills within doctoral schooling. After completion of the entire cycle and a final evaluation on the basis of a research paper, participants receive the continuous training certificate "Advanced Academic English: Writing Skills".