Academic Writing Plus - Reader Expectations

Based on the ideas of writing expert George Gopen, this course approaches the writing of academic texts in English in a somewhat unusual but extremely effective manner.


Practical Information

Number of classes: 2 plenary and 1 individual sessions
Target group: Academic and scientific staff
Group size: Minimum of 6, maximum of 12 participants
Language of instruction: English
Course conclusion: Certificate of attendance (minimum attendance: 80% of the lessons)
Course material: Participants will receive a reader in the first lesson. The reader is free of charge.
Price: On request 

Request this course

For more information or an offer free of engagement, contact:
mr  S. Cheng
t: +31(0)71 5274151 (not on Wednesday afternoons)

Level and Admission

The course is open to participants who have succesfully completed the Academic Writing course and are currently working on a PhD thesis or an article for publication or any other academic writing project in English. Those interested in participating who have not taken the preceding course are required to come for a writing entrance test before enrolling. This is to ensure that paritcipants with similar level and prior knowledge will be placed in the same group.


The language of instruction is English. Participants are expected to have English language skills at level C1 or higher in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. To check your level, please do the entrance test.

Course Description

This follow-up course approaches the writing of academic texts in English in a somewhat unusual but extremely effective manner, based on the ideas of writing expert George Gopen. The emphasis lies on how the author can write sentences, paragraphs and texts which fulfil the expectations of an English-speaking reader audience. Our approach is based on research which has shown that a writer who takes into account a number of important reader expectations is less at risk of frustrating, confusing or in any other way alienating the reader. This course aims at offering you insight into your role as an author within the English-speaking academic world, namely the role of guide who leads his or her readers through a text in a professional manner.

Last Modified: 09-09-2014