LINGUIST List 26.2590

Fri May 22 2015

Summer Schools: How to Communicate Research in English: A Step by Step Approach / Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain

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Date: 22-May-2015
From: Maria Gonzalez-Davies <>
Subject: How to Communicate Research in English: A Step by Step Approach / Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
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How to Communicate Research in English: A Step by Step Approach / Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain

Host Institution: Universitat Ramon Llull
Coordinating Institution:

Dates: 06-Jul-2015 - 10-Jul-2015
Location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Focus: This course is addressed to teachers, professionals, academics and researchers who wish to improve their research and communication skills in English. Communicative and publishing conventions and norms differ in Romance and Anglo-Germanic languages. This course aims at complementing the participants’ previous knowledge in their mother tongue with skills to improve their oral and written fluency in English.

Coordinator: Dr. Maria González Davies (FPCEE, URL)

Course Leaders:

Dr. Frank Austermuehl and Dr. Vanessa Enríquez Raído, University of Auckland (New Zealand)

Dates: 6-10 July 2015

Hours: 20 hours, 4-8pm

Venue: Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sports Sciences Blanquerna, University Ramon Llull, Carrer Císter, 34, 08022 Barcelona, Spain.


1. Communicating research in English

2. Information literacy for academics in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Part 1 will focus on communicating research findings in English, both in oral and in written form. This part will include preparing conference abstracts and presentations (including PowerPoint slides), public speaking, dealing with questions, as well as discussing standard norms of academic writing in English, preparing manuscripts, and getting published.

Part 2 will focus on how to support one's research and the communication of one’s research results using electronic tools and resources, such as key web resources, web search strategies, mind-mapping software, advanced Word features as well as file and folder management.


To build participants’ confidence in their researching and communication skills in English and enable them to increase their English-language outputs.


A combination of lectures and hands-on practice sessions. Participants will be encouraged to work on a concrete piece of their own research (e.g. a conference paper) throughout the course.


Certificate of Attendance: 80% attendance
Minimum Education Level: BA

Special Qualifications:
Language: Upper Intermediate English: B2 (FCE), TOEFL 543, or equivalent

Course Plan

By Friday July 3:

- Write and submit short biography (bio blurb) and abstract

Monday, 6 July:

- Introduction, course overview, and objectives
- An overview of academic discourse types
- General principles of English academic discourse
- Best/worst practices in English academic discourse
- Comparing academic discourse in English and romance Languages
- From idea and abstract to presentation
- Tasks for Tuesday

Tuesday, 7 July:

- From idea to presentation: Preparing your manuscript and PowerPoint presentation
- Standard components of academic articles
- PowerPoint best practice: Dos and don'ts
- Exercises: Connectors, references, modifiers
- Shared questions and doubts from needs analysis
- One-to-one tutoring
- Task for Wednesday

Wednesday, 8 July

- PPT Templates
- Filling the gaps -- Researching in international databases
- Strong points, typical problems (and solutions)
- Revising and optimizing your manuscripts
- Exercises: Connectors, references, modifiers, articles, commas
- Tools: Web as Corpus, dictionaries, Text to speech
- One-to-one tutoring
- Task for Thursday

Thursday, 9 July:

- Preparing your presentations
- Starting and finishing your paper on time
- Dealing with questions
- Chairing conference sessions
- One to one tutoring
- Task for Friday: Prepare presentation for mock conference

Friday, 10 July:

- Mock conference

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Languages: English

Tuition: 152 EUR

Registration: 04-May-2015 to 21-Jun-2015

Contact Person: Maria Gonzalez-Davies

Apply on the web:

Registration Instructions:
For any queries previous to registration, please contact Maria Gonzalez-Davies.

For direct registrations, please apply online.

The minimum number of students required to conduct a class is ten. Payment will be refunded if the course is cancelled.

Reimbursements for unattended classes are not permitted.

Page Updated: 22-May-2015