10 am - 5 pm


Lorraine Mannion

Number of participants

7 to 12


SR 019, Universitätsplatz 1, Universitätshauptgebäude (Seminarraum)



Target audience

PhD students

Participation fee

138,00 €

Course description

The reforms which have been implemented since the Bologna Process have led to a number of significant changes: an increasing number of courses at universities are being held in English, and postgraduate and doctorate students are frequently choosing to write their theses or dissertations in English to reach a wider audience. In this seminar, participants will become familiar with various aspects of clarity which are essential for producing logical, reader-friendly prose. As well as examining the various stages in the writing process, we will focus on the structure of abstracts and, using examples of “best practice” articles, and closely look at how a professional doctoral thesis should be written. In doing so, participants will enrich their academic lexical repertoire and be able to identify common errors which frequently arise in academic texts.

Participants are advised to take along excerpts of personally written articles for discussion and analysis. An abstract of approx. 200 words (if available) or an excerpt from an article can be sent to the course coordinator one week before the start of the seminar. It will be corrected and returned during the seminar. The workshop will be held in English.


  • planning and organising a research paper
  • writing effective introductions
  • developing ideas and coherent arguments
  • paragraph structure 
  • punctuation
  • academic vocabulary and register
  • summarising and paraphrasing (the abstract)

Information about the lecturer

Lorraine Mannion is from Ireland and studied "Interpreting and Translating French/German/Italian" at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and the University of East Anglia, England. She also studied English Philology, North American Studies and Philosophy at the Free University Berlin as part of a Magister Artium degree. She has been working as an adjunct lecturer in English at various universities in Berlin since 2000 and regularly holds seminars throughout Germany on Academic Writing, Intercultural Communication, and Presenting Skills. She is a certified translator/interpreter for the Berlin notaries and courts and also has extensive experience working as a trainer and translator with various research institutes throughout Germany.

Previous participants about the course

"I simply had the impression to receive tutoring from a highly-skilled person, who was nonetheless approachable and passionate about their field. It was excellent to be taught by a native sneaker. Very good inclusion of the students' actual projects."

"The course is really important. I'm working in sciences since almost 5 years, but I didn't know how many rules are acutally existing in academic writing (especially for tenses and punctuation). Mrs. Mannion is a excellent trainer and the atmosphere during the course was really relaxed and productive."

"The teacher reserved plenty of time for questions and discussions on topics like grammar, style, phrasing and so on."

"Free and interactive lecture"

"The teacher was professional and friendly."

"Very good remarks for writing and a lot of good website tips to get help during writing a paper."

"Very good script and various helpful exercises!"

"The instructor new a lot about common practices in different research fields!"

"Working on specific examples for every field, the oral and reading excersises, the opportunity to send in our own abstract."

"I liked everything about the course. It was well-structured, covered every relevant topics, gave a broad overview and lots of examples on all topics of interest, was always linked to our own research projects and supported by a very thoughtfully prepared collection of study material and excercises."

Conditions for participation

Members of the Graduate Academy can use their virtual member budget to cover the course fees. The registration for the workshop is binding. Our conditions for participation apply.