Writing Academic English

The foundation course Writing Academic English aims to develop and expand the skills required to write reports, articles, books and dissertations in English.

Practical Information

Number of classes: 6 (5 plenary sessions and one individual session) 
Target group: academics and scientific staff
Group size: minimum of 8, maximum of 12 participants
Language of instruction: English
Maximum number of
Course conclusion: certificate of attendance (minimum attendance: 80% of the lessons)

Course Fees

Course Programme and Enrolment

For information on the current programme and in order to enrol, please follow the link below. You can enroll until a week before the start of the course. Individuals can pay by Credit Card (Mastercard or VISA) or iDeal.

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If classes are canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled.

The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.

Target Group and Admission Requirements

The course is open to participants from all fields of study who are currently working on a PhD thesis, a research master’s, an article for publication or any other academic writing project in English. The language of instruction is English. Participants are expected to have English language skills at level B2+ or higher in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

You are strongly advised  to take a placement test to make sure you currently have the knowledge required. You can simply complete the online placement test at home. When you are in doubt, contact us: 071 - 5272332 / talencentrum@hum.leidenuniv.nl

If you wish, you may also take the test at the reception desk of the Academic Language Centre on working days between 9:00 and 15:30 o'clock. It is not necessary to make an appointment.

Course Material

  • Swales, J.M., & Feak, C.B. (2012). Academic writing for graduate students: Essential Tasks and Skills. Third Edition. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press

You are requested to arrange your own purchase of the course material. The books are available at most good bookstores. Participants will also be provided with a reader.

Course Description

The foundation course Writing Academic English aims to develop and expand the skills required to write reports, articles, books and dissertations in English. Not only are such issues as correct language use addressed, the course also teaches students to write in language that is both effective and appropriate for academic texts. As well as paying attention to grammar and vocabulary use, the course also focuses on writing strategies that are characteristic of English texts on academic subjects. It will be assumed that the participants have some experience and competence in writing academic texts in Dutch (or in another language), but feel the need to learn how to produce readable texts in English with the same degree of ease.  

You will learn



how to structure information effectively;
how to link ideas and arguments smoothly to create a flowing text;
to take a critical view of your own work;
how to write clear and concise texts;
the conventions for stressing key constituents in English texts.

On completion of this course it is possible to attend one of the short follow-up courses in which specific attention will be paid to the distinct requirements imposed on texts in a particular field of study. These courses will consist of two plenary sessions and one individual session.

Academic Writing Plus - Humanities 

Academic Writing Plus - Sciences

Last Modified: 15-06-2017