Structures and Other Strategies in Academic Writing in the Anglo-Saxon spheres


Researchers are often not sufficiently recognised in the international arena and their scientific careers do not have the expected reputation or impact. Perhaps the issue is not what is said, but how it is said. The transmission of the message is crucial, also in the international academy and especially in the Anglo-Saxon sphere.

As is well known, there are many different educational systems, but only some of them prepare students from a very young age to write persuasive letters, structure paragraphs and essays and promote autonomous research. The Compostela Group of Universities seeks to cover this educational aspect with this course whose objective is, precisely, to instruct the participant in academic discursive techniques and structures in the Western sphere, in order to provide him/her with the necessary tools to be a capable competitor.

This course aims to enhance the development of the skills of faculty members, researchers and young academics with a vocation for international projection, focusing on helping them in their training for the transmission of their proposals, projects or articles in a current, practical and attractive way in the international academic market.

Here, we detail the objectives and contents of the Teacher training and educational innovation online course ‘Structures and Other Strategies in Academic Writing in the Anglo-Saxon sphere.


During the training, students will be helped to become aware of, review and improve their skills in structuring and mastering academic language for scientific writing.

Course agenda:

  1. Selecting academic vocabulary.
  2. Identifying the micro and macro-structures of the essay.
  3. Enhancing skills for the development of academic writing on real assumptions, group and individual practical exercises.
  4. Guidance and supervision by the trainer in these individual tasks that can be handed in or published, in the academic subject chosen by the student.


Structural, syntactic, grammatical and lexical aspects related to the development of essays and/or scientific articles within the Western Academy.


  1. Preliminary annotations, differences and similarities in the Western educational context.
  2. Before we start: the personal approach to the subject matter and critical thinking.
  3. Organisation of the elaboration of scientific popularisation work: time and means.
  4. Vocabulary and sections of the academic essay.
  5. Proofreading and editing.

Target group

This course is aimed at the entire university community: undergraduate and postgraduate students, faculty members and researchers with a willingness to learn how to communicate their research work in the international sphere.

Start and duration

The course will last 10 working days and will start from 2 May 2022. The final dates will be determined and communicated to the registered participants once the groups have been formed.

The course consists of 30 hours of which 15 hours are devoted to training and 15 hours to individual work.

During the two weeks of the course, students will participate in daily group sessions, in which active participation will be required. These group sessions will take place from 17:00 to 18:30 (Spanish peninsular time).

Students will have two and a half hours of tutoring per week, which will be held from 18:30 to 20:00 (Spanish mainland time).

On the last working day of the training, students may voluntarily attend the in-person closing session, where they will receive their certificates.

Training and language

The methodology of this course aims to equip participants with the tools and skills necessary for the personal development of international academic writing.

To this end, throughout the training, participants will be required to:

  • Carry out activities to review and deepen the skills of scientific written communication. Develop organisational skills in micro and macro-structures.
  • Join group sessions with real texts, of a length appropriate to the course agenda, for the observation of strategies.
  • Request individual tutoring on the work carried out, on the elaboration and revision.

Languages. Spanish and English. The trainees will be divided into language groups.

Groups. A minimum of five students per language will be required for the training to take place. Those who have registered will be notified by email once the group has been formed.

The required number of participants was achieved. Therefore, we detail the dates for the courses:

  • Course in Spanish. From 2 until 13 May 2022.
  • Course in English. From 16 until 27 May 2022.

Trainer. Prof. Luz González Vinuesa. Linguistics and English Language BA (Hons), Postg Certificate in Education (PGCE), Master in Intercultural Communication (MA). PhD candidate at the Department of Applied Linguistics of the University of Seville. Research Group JULIETTA on Natural Language Processing and Computational Language of the University of Seville. Lecture in Discourse Analysis. Lecture in Hispanic Studies. Cambridge.

Evaluation and diploma

Assessment will be continuous and will require the submission of a 600-word final essay.

Completing this course will give them the right to obtain the Diploma of the training and teaching innovation course ‘Structures and other strategies in academic writing in the Anglo-Saxon sphere’ issued by the Compostela Group of Universities.

Registration and enrolment

Registration. Fill in the online form. The data provided through this form will be available to the CGU Executive Secretariat and the trainer.

Registration fee. 60€ (includes taxes).

Registration deadlines and fee payment

Registration is open until 27 April 2022.

Payment of the registration fee. After the online registration, the student will receive a copy of the application form from the Compostela Group of Universities. Once the minimum number of participants is achieved, the CGU will send them a new message including the steps to formalise the payment of the registration fee. The student must pay it and send the proof of payment to

Conditions for cancellation and reimbursement ‘Structures and Other Strategies in Academic Writing in the Anglo-Saxon sphere’ CGU.