Writing Lab – English Academic Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences


29. November 2018 10:00 – 30. November 2018 17:30

Philipps-Universität Marburg, MARA, F|05, Deutschhausstraße 11+13, 1st floor, seminar room 01.0030

The workshop addresses doctoral candidates and postdocs of the humanities and social sciences who have good command of the English language, seek to improve their English writing skills, and strive to make their academic papers more idiomatic. Although any researcher proficient in English is welcome to attend, German native speakers can be expected to benefit most.
The workshop will be conducted in English by two trainers who are native speakers of English and German, have a professional background in the social sciences, and have many years of experience in translating and editing academic texts by German-speaking scholars.
There will be two follow-up sessions in monthly intervals (January 18, 2019, 2 pm–5 pm, February 15, 2019, 2 pm–5 pm) to give participants the opportunity to discuss their texts and other issues that may have emerged since the workshop.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • You will be aware of some of the important characteristics of the English language that will help improve your writing (discussion of your own texts).
  • You will be conscious of some of the pitfalls that German speakers are vulnerable to when writing in English and be familiar with strategies to avoid them (trainer input).
  • You will be able to use this knowledge to develop a more fluent and lively style of writing (practical exercises).
  • You will be familiar with a wide range of resources, aids, and strategies to help you improve your writing (trainer input and discussion).


Proficiency in English at the B2 level of competency is required.


November 29, 2018, 10 am–5:30 pm,
November 30, 2018, 10 am–5:30 pm

Target group

Doctoral candidates and postdocs from the humanities and social sciences


Maximum number of 10 participants
Internal 50 EUR
External 150 EUR


At , deadline November 14, 2018
We kindly ask you to confirm your registration to make it binding. You may cancel your registration up to twelve days before the beginning of the course without providing specific reasons. Thereafter, you will be required to pay the attendance fee even if you do not attend the course.

Have you heard about our individual writing consultation? Would you like to improve your English writing skills? Our experienced consultant, Dr. Fabienne Quennet, gives advice to our members on all issues concerning the writing of a dissertation.


Andrea Tönjes and Stephan Elkins, www.sociotrans.com

Event Organizer

MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Doctoral Program for Humanities and Social Sciences