Academic Writing in English (Humanities)

Starting point:

Nowadays success in science involves publishing articles in international journals in English. The English you learned at school is not sufficient; you need to master the formal English required for scientific and academic texts. The objective of this workshop is to improve your ability to produce clear, precise and readable academic texts. During the workshop you will work on a piece of scientific writing you have written and will receive individual correction and feedback from the instructor per email after the workshop.

Target group and number of participants:

Doctoral candidates of Mainz University from the Humanities/ Social Sciences with a language-proficiency level minimum C1 (CEFR) who have already started writing.
Maximum number of participants: 12 persons

Learning Results:

Participants will leave the workshop with a ”toolbox" for scientific/academic writing, a phrasebank of useful expressions and an edited/proofread text.


  • Conventions and features of academic writing
  • Improving coherence and flow
  • Avoiding common lexical and grammatical errors
  • Editing and improving your drafts
  • Punctuation, remedial grammar
  • Useful phrases

Technology and preparation

The workshop will be carried out using Zoom ( You will need a camera/microphone and good Internet connection. You will be required to do preparation work (reading) and to bring along a text you have written, which you will edit/improve during the workshop. The text must be approx. 1 A4 page long and should still be in an unpolished state, i.e. not yet proofread/ edited by colleagues.

Day, Time and Venue

The next workshop is scheduled for the 2nd half of 2021.


This workshop is offered by the General Postgraduate Program (GPP) (English website).

Mandatory applications for the courses are made via OpenOLAT.
In order to apply, you must be a registered member of the GPP.
Membership in the GPP is free of charge for PhD candidates of JGU.