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With 1st year reports coming up, and PhDs to write, the purpose of the Editing Groups is to help you think, write and edit your academic English more effectively.

Throughout the day, we aim to give you a set of simple but effective diagnostic tools, and make the implicit principles of academic English explicit, by focusing on 3 key concepts: ‘Old before New’; ‘Simplicity First, Complexity Last’; ‘Being Confidently Cautious’.

Run for the last two years, quantitative results included: 100% of participants found the training ‘useful’, ‘intended to apply the training’ and would ‘recommend it to others’; all scored it 7/10+, with 20% scoring it 10/10.

Qualitative feedback included: It's revolutionised how I write. Also, I feel much more confident about my ability to write a clear, convincing, and stylish dissertation. NB you could substitute lecture, article, book, research proposal, grant application, email, student essay feedback, etc for 'dissertation' in that last sentence. I learned an excellent array of clear and effective techniques that I can apply easily and simply to my own writing, and anyone else's! These techniques also help me to 'untangle' others' writing so I can understand what I read more clearly.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Academic Writing Style Wed 18 Oct 2017   17:00 Finished

Even if the writing of foreign students is grammatically correct and coherent, it can sometimes have an undesired impact on the reader because it is written in the wrong style. Students attending this workshop should bring at least 2 journal articles in their discipline to analyse for writing style.

ADTIS In-Sessional - An Introduction to Articles Mon 29 Jan 2018   17:00 Finished

Forgotten how to use articles (‘the’ / ‘a’ and ‘an’)? In this ADTIS grammar review workshop you will re-acquaint yourself with the basic rules of articles, after which you will try your hand at some articles exercises.

For those of you who wish to know more about the fascinating history of Cambridge both as a town and a university this session provides a journey through the centuries from the Romans to the Science Park and beyond. In so doing we will touch upon some of the key factors that have shaped the development not only of the town we live and work in but of the country itself.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Arguing and Persuading Mon 19 Feb 2018   17:00 [Places]

Academic writing and presentations require us not only to inform but also to argue and persuade. What language and strategies does this involve? This workshop will consider techniques for arguing persuasively and will look at organisational patterns for presenting arguments.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Cohesion in Academic Writing 1 Wed 14 Feb 2018   17:00 Finished

If our writing is cohesive there are logical connections between words, sentences, paragraphs and sections. This workshop explores different techniques for increasing cohesion, which should make your writing easier to read and more effective.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Cohesion in Academic Writing 2 Wed 21 Feb 2018   17:00 [Places]

This workshop builds on topics covered in previous in the Wednesday’s session, partly by analyzing exerts from published journal articles for their cohesion. Although attending the previous workshop is an advantage, it is not prerequisite.

This end-of-term workshop uses short video clips, reading and discussion to explore an important aspect of British culture, the class system, and how it relates to universities.

Do you have an MPhil dissertation on the horizon? Or perhaps an extended essay or PhD first year report? This workshop will help you focus on the task ahead and learn how to manage your project more effectively. We will discuss practical aspects of the research process and consider how to tackle longer forms of academic writing.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Editing and Polishing Your Work Mon 6 Nov 2017   17:00 Finished

So much hard work is compromised due to poor editing. Editing is much more than just simple proof-reading. It involves a critical approach to planning, setting out information, constructing argument, paragraphing, sentencing and ultimately understanding the effect of what we write on the reader. In this workshop we look at a variety of elements in the editing process and we use good models and student work to help us.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Grammar Focus - Modals Wed 25 Oct 2017   17:00 Finished

The most significant grammar mistakes that foreign students make are usually those that greatly change the meaning of the sentence. Modals, such as can or would, are often used to indicate the position of the writer in academic writing, so their inaccurate use can easily give a very different meaning from that intended.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Plagiarism and How to Avoid It Wed 7 Feb 2018   17:00 Finished

Academic culture in English-speaking countries places a lot of emphasis avoiding plagiarism, but conventions are often different from those in students’ home countries. The first part of the workshop will examine what constitutes plagiarism and look at the University of Cambridge regulations. The second part will involve a plagiarism exercise which uses examples from the physical sciences.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Presentation Skills Practice Wed 29 Nov 2017   17:00 Finished

Practise your presentation skills and receive peer and tutor feedback. This workshop offers students the chance to give a short presentation, with or without PowerPoint. Its aim is to hone the skills required for an effective presentation, and to practise in a supportive and friendly environment. A maximum 7 students only to present (Please note in the special requirements if you DO NOT wish to present). Students must bring a pre-prepared, short presentation with them on a USB stick; please don’t bring a laptop. Please also bring a printout of your presentation (6 slides per page) to enable better feedback.

In this workshop we will look principally at the components of ‘fast speech’. These include use of weak forms, linking, stress time etc. The aim of the session is both to recognise those aspects of pronunciation which aid listening and to get plenty of practice. Students who have come to previous sessions on pronunciation with me are advised that some material will be repeated.

Are you a speaker of Spanish, Catalan, Portugese, Italian or French? Would you like to have the chance to work on aspects of your English pronunciation? If so, join us for this fun and informal workshop, which offers pronunciation practice for speakers of Italic (Latin-derived) languages. Vowel and consonant sounds, linking, stress and intonation will be covered.

Foreign students tend to have different pronunciation problems according to their first language. This workshop focuses on a group of related sounds that are often problematic for speakers of Chinese, Japanese and Korean, so these students will be given priority. However, speakers of other languages can register an interest and be placed on a waiting list. They will be given a place if space permits.

Why waste time going to translation dictionaries or just hoping that what you write will be right? The best resource for writing an academic paper in your subject is other papers which you can use as a model for your own writing. In this workshop we look at how to use journal papers and search engines to expand the accuracy and range of your academic vocabulary. Please make sure you bring a paper copy of a well-written journal paper from your field to the workshop.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Using Sources in Academic Writing Wed 31 Jan 2018   17:00 Finished

A key aspect of academic writing is discussing the work of others. Quite often you will need to assess competing results or points of view in the literature and give your appraisal, including both positive and negative points. This workshop addresses how this can be done effectively, including how different verbs and phrases can be used to indicate your attitude towards other people’s work. It will be particularly useful for students of humanities and social sciences.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Writing a PhD Proposal Mon 23 Oct 2017   17:00 Finished

In this workshop we will be looking at how to put together a proposal for an upgrade to a PhD. We will look at criteria and use some past examples from a variety of disciplines to analyse what a really good proposal should look like. Please download any advice or instructions provided by your department and bring them with you.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Writing Emails Wed 8 Nov 2017   17:00 Finished

Have you ever felt that your emails are full of embarrassing mistakes and that you risk saying ‘the wrong thing’ to your supervisors and others? In this session we look at a range of student emails and try to improve them in terms of language and appropriateness.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Writing Good Introductions Thu 23 Nov 2017   17:00 Finished

In this workshop we examine the principles behind effective introductions in academic writing. We will look at strategies, structure and style and explore some techniques you can use to improve the way you write what can be the most difficult and important part of an academic paper.

CULP: Academic German for Archive Work Workshop Wed 18 Jan 2017   14:00 Finished

The Academic German for Archive Work workshops are offered a number of times during the academic year, based on demand. The sessions are held either at the Language Centre or on the premises of one of the two participating Schools.

CULP: Arabic Basic 1 charged Thu 19 Oct 2017   17:00   [More dates...] In progress

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

The course will take place at the Faculty of Classics, Room 2.03.

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CULP: Arabic Basic 2 charged Wed 18 Oct 2017   17:00 In progress

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence. At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please go to the Language Centre CULP page at

CULP: Arabic Elementary 1 charged Tue 17 Oct 2017   17:00 In progress

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre.

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