Workshop on English for Research Publication Purposes


Dr. Natalia Judith Laso

Addressed to:

Health sciences researchers and professors who use English as an additional or foregin Language in their research publications


ESP writing research has shown that NNES specialized discourse communities already have a good command of specialized terminology, typical of their field of research, but the use of general vocabulary tends to pose more difficulties, especially with regard to lexicogrammatical and combinatorial patterns. This workshop serves the purpose of supporting health sciences researchers and professors in the process of writing a research paper in English.

Aims of the workshop

  • to provide UB health sciences researchers with the necessary skills to produce an academic research article using appropriate scientific academic language and style
  • to support health sciences researchers with one article which we will help them bring up to publishable standard

Course content

The workshop:

  • will introduce writers to the language and style of scientific academic English
  • will engage writers in exercises around the academic language typical of successful academic articles
  • will show them how to use a lexical database to eventually be able to work independently

Course methodology and approach

In addition to working on published academic articles, writers will be working on their own pieces of writing and will receive individual help during the workshop. It is expected that at the end of the workshop, at least one or two sections of the paper will be revised using the guidelines produced. Writers will be equipped with skills to continue working on the rest of the article. Feedback is available via email on the final draft.


All participants must be willing to email a draft of their writing prior to the workshop. The draft must be at least one section of the paper and at least 800 words long (abstract + one section)


80% attendance and active participation in the writing for publication workshop


Etherington, S. (2008). Academic writing and the disciplines in Friedrich, P. (Ed.) Teaching Academic Writing. London: Continuum, pp. 26-58.

Lillis, Theresa & Curry, M. L. (2010). Academic writing in a global context: The politics and practices of publishing in English. London and New York: Routledge.

Matarese, V.  (Ed). (2013). Supporting Research Writing. Roles and challenges in multilingual settings. Oxford: Chandos Publishing.

Pérez-Llantada, C. (2016). Globalization and Applied Linguistics. In A. Linn (Ed.), Investigating English in Europe. Contexts and agendas (pp. 117-124). Berlín: Mouton de Gruyter. Available from: [accessed Dec 26 2017].


12 hours (online work involved: 3 hours)


Online work: 25 June

Face-to-face sessions: 9, 10 and 16 July (10-1pm)

Number of students

Maximum number of participants is 15. This is to ensure that will be provided with some individual feedback on their writing.


Campus Bellvitge:
July 9 and 10: computer classroom 212
July 16: computer classroom 223

Teaching language

English (CEFR B2.2 is recommended)

Course registration:

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Més informació

Institut de Desenvolupament Professional (IDP-ICE)

Passeig de la Vall d'Hebron, 171
08035 Barcelona
Telèfon: 93 403 51 75
Fax: 93 402 10 16

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