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GPLL51 - Perfecting the Academic Paragraph

Before you can write a successful paper, literature review, thesis, or any other academic work, you have to learn how to perfect the paragraph. Adopting the strategies for creating cohesive ideas, impactful statements, and a logical flow is crucial to any academic writing career.

Applicable to graduate-level writers of all backgrounds, the Perfecting the Paragraph workshop aims to provide participants with an understanding of the most common mistakes that lead to unconvincing, unclear writing. Taking the paragraph as an “idea” unit, the workshop looks at the formulation and purpose of the topic sentence. It then focuses on paragraph structure, development of the main idea, transition to the next paragraph, punctuation, style, and vocabulary.

This workshop is particularly useful for non-native English speakers.

This workshop takes place in two classes and will be accompanied by a moodle site. The first class will present theory. After the first class, participants will submit a writing sample via moodle for peer review. In a supportive environment, the instructor and students will provide feedback on the writing samples. In the second class we will discuss the learning of the peer review exercise. Participation in both days and the peer review activity is mandatory, and if unmet will result in the non-attendance penalty being applied.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Create a logical and easy-to-follow flow in their writing
2. Produce compelling sentences through careful choice of grammatical forms and vocabulary
3. Recognize the elements of the English academic paragraph
4. Overcome the most common mistakes in paragraph composition
5. Give and receive peer feedback on paragraph structure

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Jad Sadek.
Jad is a PhD student in Mechanical engineering, his research consists of experimental, numerical and analytical analysis tackling needle-free technology with an emphasis on the combustion driven mechanisms. In parallel to his research Jad is always active as a teacher assitant and as a tutor to further his teaching experience.


Section 1
October 1-8, 2020, 20:00 - 21:30, Thu
Section 2
November 11-18, 2020, 10:00 - 11:30, Wed

Disclaimer: Available spots is an estimation.
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