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Advanced Academic Writing | OPEN

The Advanced Academic Writing course is designed for PhD students who write their dissertation in English. The course addresses different aspects of the writing process, such as becoming aware of disciplinary requirements, improving text coherence, writing effective sentences, using punctuation effectively, using varied vocabulary and improving the overall style of writing.

Course description

N.B. You should participate in this course about 6 months into your PhD project or longer, preferably when you are writing the pilot study.

The course focuses on writing effective, well-structured and coherent academic texts in English. It introduces strategies to improve the overall writing process, such as planning, outlining and becoming aware of disciplinary requirements. Other important course themes include writing effective and varied sentences, using punctuation marks effectively, improving text coherence and working with different techniques to improve the overall style of the text. Because the course participants typically use English as a second language (ESL), the course also pays attention to certain language issues that might arise at the level of vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation and grammar. Throughout the course, the participants will work towards laying the foundation of one of the chapters of their dissertation (or an academic article/pilot study) and will write a considerable part of this text. They will receive detailed and extensive feedback on their writing from the course instructor, who will also use the participants’ texts as a basis for the course material.

Course dates Autumn 2022

Wednesdays 9:30 - 12:00
Offered in hybrid mode, but please join on location if possible.

28 September, 5 October, 12 October, 26 October, 2 November, 9 November, 16 November, 23 November


After registration through the button below, you will receive an invitation for an intake (in writing). Participation in the course will be confirmed by us or the teacher after you have sent the intake form.

Please sign up for the waiting list if the course is fully booked. We will contact you if a place opens up. Thanks.

Registration for the Autumn 2022 in open now. The courses in Spring 2023 will open for registration in January.


28 September PCH 5.37
5 October PCH 5.37
12 October PCH 5.37
26 October PCH 5.37
2 November PCH 5.37
9 November UB C1.08 Vondelzaal
16 November UB C1.08 Vondelzaal
23 November UB C1.08 Vondelzaal

University Library

Room C1.08 Vondelzaal

Singel 425
1012 WP Amsterdam

P.C. Hoofthuis

Room 5.37

Spuistraat 134
1012 VB Amsterdam

Course dates Spring 2023 (A)

Tuesdays 13:30-16:00
Offered in hybrid mode, but please join on location if possible.

7 February, 14 February, 21 February, 7 March, 14 March, 21 March, 28 March, 11 April

Course dates Spring 2023 (B)

Wednesdays 9:30-12:00
Offered in hybrid mode, but please join on location if possible.

12 April, 19 April, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May, 24 May, 31 May, 7 Jun

N.B. Registration for the Spring courses will open in January 2023.

Course details

Attendance & assignments

To be able to complete the course successfully, the participants have to attend all classes. They should also submit at least two writing samples for feedback (1000-1200 words & 2500 words).


The course will be taught by Lotte Tavecchio. Lotte holds a PhD in English Linguistics and has a special interest in sentence structure, punctuation, matters of style and contrastive linguistics. She works as a lecturer at Amsterdam University College (AUC) and is the owner of b-eloquent (

  • Class themes
    • Week 1: Introduction to course themes / overview of common mistakes & focus areas
    • Week 2: Strategies to improve the writing process and exploring disciplinary requirements
    • Week 3: Vocabulary: what do you need to know about words to use words effectively and to expand your vocabulary?
    • Week 4: Writing effective sentences: varying your sentence structure
    • Week 5: Effective and varied use of punctuation marks in complex sentences
    • Week 6: Elements of stylishness: improving your style of writing
    • Week 7: Text structure: improving text coherence
    • Week 8: Course conclusion & room for extra theme suggested by participants (e.g. writing abstracts, designing poster presentations, etc.)