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Optimizing Reading Strategies in English (Natural Sciences)

GraduateCenterLMU Workshop for Doctoral Candidates

Scientists contend not only with obtaining significant results, but also with communicating their findings effectively and efficiently. Many question how to determine the author's intended message within these results, and struggle to understand this information. What the reader often fails to understand, is that the reader begins reading a text with certain expectations. If these expectations are not fulfilled, sometimes problems of understanding can develop.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to become an "active" reader of English academic texts. Participants will examine various strategies used by native-speaker scientific writers in order to define what the expected structure should contain. The various contained elements participants are then asked to identify using various texts. In addition, participants will examine the role of the reader within the writing process and why this aspect divides a good paper from an excellent one.

During the workshop, professional input from the trainer will alternate with practical reading and written exercises as well as discussions of relevant issues.

Workshop topics:

  • •Reflecting on the participant's reading strategies
  • •Examining structural relationships within and between sections of a paper
  • •Discovering strategic elements featured in native-speaker texts
  • Understanding the significance of the reader
  • •Locating, developing, and maintaining the reader's interest in the topic ("storytelling")
  • •Recognizing and implementing strategies for reader understanding
  • •Practicing various reading strategies
  • •Optimizing reading habits

Requirements: Participants will be asked to hand in a paper they found difficult to read beforehand.

Language of workshop: English

Date: Monday, December 11, 2017, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Target group: Doctoral candidates of LMU Munich from the Natural Sciences (the number of participants is limited)

Certificate of attendance: Participants will receive a certificate of attendance from the GraduateCenterLMU.

Contact: graduatecenter@lmu.de (Tel. 089/2180-9732)

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