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ERIC Number: ED458594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 12
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Young Economists and Lawyers Learn How To Write an Academic Text.
Gruber, Helmut
A compulsory trainee program for new staff members at the Vienna Business University was established in the academic year 1998/99. In the course of this program new staff members are prepared in the following three areas of their work: research work in their department, especially dissertation writing; teaching classes; and administrative skills. Most trainees hold a Master's degree in their respective fields--these lecturers are required to finish their dissertations within two years to get the chance for a tenured position. Trainees' expectations of the academic writing program range from getting help to overcome writing blocks to general questions of academic research to detailed questions which arise in the context of writing their dissertations. This paper focuses on three issues which are related to the academic writing program: the overall structure and the general didactic concept of the program; the problem of choosing relevant sample texts for exercises for a diverse audience; and the problem of conveying linguistic concepts to an audience of non-linguists. The paper explains that the program's main aim is to equip participants with linguistic skills to enable them to revise a first draft of a text on the micro and macro textual levels, and that the reason for this foregrounding of revising skills is not only the program's tight time frame but also the varied disciplinary background of the participants which makes it difficult to deal with content related aspects of text planning. According to the paper, the most important prerequisite for conveying discipline-specific scholarly concepts in a practice-oriented context is the courage to simplify them, while a second aspect of the course's success or failure is the type of presentation of course materials--a PowerPoint presentation, for example, offers the advantage of animation, making it easier to develop certain definitions in a series of slides. (Contains 12 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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