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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.

Each participant is encouraged to bring a sample of their writing for review in small groups. In this supportive environment, participants receive multiple viewpoints from fellow graduate students who are motivated to improve the writing of their peers as a part of their own learning process.

Learning Objectives

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

Leaders Information

This workshop is led by Antonio Crespo.
Antonio is a passionate learner, a lover of the skies, and an enthusiast of human behavior studies. He holds two bachelor degrees, BSc Aeronautical Sciences and BSc Social Sciences (Sociology, Political Science), and a Master degree in Computer Science. Throughout more than 25 years working with the Armed Forces and the Aviation Industry, he was assigned to several technical, military, managerial, executive and diplomatic positions, which includes a mandate in one of the specialized United Nations organizations. As a researcher, he has been actively working with Artificial Intelligence for the last eleven years. Antonio is currently conducting two AI related research projects, the first one targeting machine learning and sustainable development, and the second one focusing on aircraft automation and autonomy. He is also a Graduate Science Teaching and Learning Fellow, within a Concordia CTL program aimed at the enhancement of STEM learning processes.

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
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