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Academic Writing GOALS

Academic Writing GOALS

Do you represent an educational institute and are you looking for an effective writing course for PhD candidates, junior researchers, advanced bachelor or master students? The interactive online modules of Academic Writing GOALS enable learners to upgrade their academic writing in English and teachers to provide more personal guidance in class. The following two courses are available:

  • GOALS for Scientific Writing
  • GOALS for Language Development

GOALS stands for

Global Online Academic Language Support
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GOALS for Scientific Writing

In this course, participants learn to write an IMRaD paper, containing an introduction, methods section, results section and discussion. We offer a generic version of the course, as well as versions that are geared toward learners in medical and biomedical sciences, life sciences, linguistics and communication, or psychology.

English Scientific Writing - Novo

GOALS for Language Development

This course was designed for learners who struggle with the English language while they need to write a high level and high stakes academic paper. The modules are geared toward speakers of non-European languages that express time, definiteness and other concepts very differently than English. This course is particularly beneficial for speakers of Asian languages like Chinese, Indonesian and Farsi.

Goals for language development

How does Academic Writing GOALS work?

  • For whom is Academic Writing GOALS intended?
    Academic Writing GOALS can be used in writing courses for PhD candidates, junior researchers, advanced bachelor or master students.

  • How can you use the online modules?
    Educational institutes can opt for an all-in-one package, with a Radboud in’to Languages teacher actually teaching the writing classes. Alternatively, an institute can commission a train-the-trainer workshop, which will familiarise the institute’s writing teachers with the online GOALS modules, enabling them to independently teach the course to target groups.

  • How can you fit GOALS into your curriculum? 
    The course is taught as a flipped classroom. Participants study the online materials and perform interactive tasks prior to class. This leaves ample time in class for collaborative learning and personalised coaching. Students benefit from writing activities guided by the teacher and can ask specific questions.

  • Train-the-trainer
    Academic Writing GOALS can, of course, also be used at your own institution. Are you interested in a train the trainer workshop? Please contact us to discuss the options.

  • Tailor-made
    In addition to the two courses mentioned above, it is also possible to make your own selection of modules from the available range, tailoring them precisely to the needs of your learners. Are you interested? Please contact Radboud in'to Languages.

More information or quotations

Would you like more information about integrating GOALS into your curriculum? Or would you like a quotation? Please contact our tailor-made course department.​

The different writing modules per theme:

Genre (individual modules)

In these modules, students learn for each text or text part what information is typically given, how that information can be presented in the most positive light, and which language features and style are associated with it.

Genre individual modules - GOALS

Language and style (individual modules)

In these modules, participants learn the finesses needed to present their research in a professional and accessible way. These modules are useful for students writing any variety of academic text.

Language and Style - GOALS

Language development for academic writing (individual modules)

These modules cover the four areas that speakers of non-European languages typically struggle with. Grammar is presented in a unique, non-Eurocentric approach. All examples are in academic style.

Goals for language development

Module content: theory and tasks

Every module consists of readings with theory and interactive tasks from a variety of disciplines.

Module content GOALS