Academic Writing in English (Humanities and Social Sciences)


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 Audience, 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: 10 persons

Learning Objectives:

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 will take place in the second half of 2024.


To apply please use OpenOLAT. In order to be able to apply for the courses doctoral candidates need to be registered with the GPP.

This workshop is offered by the General Doctoral College (APK).