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Scientific writing in English

Mtr. Gil Baillard

Fechas de inicio

November 24, 2021




8 weeks – 32 synchronic hours (autonomous work is also expected)



Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 16h30 – 17h50


$ 120 dólares


Scientific Writing

The increasing demand for academic research and publications felt by academic institutions and their faculty alike has motivated a series of measures in order to improve not only the quantity of research projects, but also the quality of such research and how it is shared with the scientific and academic community. Research has become a cornerstone for universities as they have been evaluated in terms of number and relevance of research projects and academic publications. As a result, Universities have also come to the realization of the importance of such research; however, it is not only the research that matters, but also how its findings are delivered to the scientific community.

It is now that training calls for investment. Faculty and researchers need to be appropriately prepared for field, experimental or classroom research in addition to their preparation to put their findings on paper and share them with the world. Globalization and academic mobility have made the academia realize that the production of knowledge must be shared at a global scale; it is now that English takes its role as the lingua franca and the language of science and knowledge. Thus, the necessity of improving faculty’s handle of the language and its academic skills have been deemed essential.



  • Intro, set up peer groups
  • Papers as stories
  • Writing strategy
  • Paper structure
  • Methods
  • Figures and tables
  • Results
  • Introduction
  • Reference management; How to be cited
  • Discussion
  • Paragraphs
  • Peer reviewing
  • Deep reading and writing
  • Title and Abstract
  • Revision
  • Response to reviews
  • Brevity
  • Citation practices + Coauthorship
  • Journal choice
  • Outreach: blogging
  • Outreach: radio
  • Why scientific writing sucks
  • Beauty and humour


Enrolling students are advised to have a research project advanced enough to be written up as part of the course activity and must be able to share drafts with classmates.  Additionally, enrolling students are advised to have at least a B1+ level according to the CEFR.


  • Certified B1+ (complete)


  • Approval Certificate

Scientific writing in English


PUCE has offered several training courses on Research Methodology and Writing in Spanish with very good acceptance from its staff. The demand for further and more widespread research calls for additional-specific training in Academic-Scientific Writing in English. This is what motivates the necessity of this workshop-based course: help researchers, teachers and students improve their academic writing skills so that their research can be published in English.

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Date Lecture Workshop Reading Assignment due
2021-11-24 L1: Intro, set up peer groups W1: Peer groups get-to-know-you
2021-11-25 L2: Papers as stories W2: Outlining 3 ways Ch 1, 2, 7
2021-11-29 L3: Writing strategy W3: Tip sheets Ch 4, 5, 6 A1: Story summary
2021-12-01 L4: Paper structure W4: Finding IMRaD Ch 8, 16
2021-12-02 L5: Methods W5: Methods detail Ch 11; pp 164-166
2021-12-08 L6: Figures and tables W6: Figure/Table draft Ch 12
2021-12-09 L7: Results W7: Results critique A2: Methods draft
2021-12-13 L8: Introduction W8: Introduction markup Ch 10
2021-12-15 L9: Reference management and citation searching W9: Reference management A3: Results draft
2021-12-16 L10: Discussion W10: Discussion markup Ch 13
2021-12-20 L11: Paragraphs W11: Paragraph markup Ch 17
2021-12-22 L12: Peer reviewing W12: Methods/Results peer comments Ch 23; pp 242-244 A4: Introduction draft
2022-01-03 No lecture, but meet for workshop W12: Methods/Results peer comments, cont.
2022-01-05 L13: Deep reading and writing W13: Deep reading A5: Introduction peer review
2022-01-06 L14: Title and Abstract W14: Titles Ch 9 A6: Discussion draft
2022-01-10 L15: Revision None Ch 21, 22
2022-01-12 L16: Response to reviews W16: Response to reviews Ch 24
2022-01-13 L17: Brevity W17: Bloat and cut Ch 20
2022-01-17 L18: Citation practices and L19: Coauthorship None Ch 15,  26 A7: Complete paper draft and response to reviews
2022-01-19 L20: Journal choice W19: Evaluating journals
2022-01-20 L21: Outreach: blogging W20: Blog critique pp 244-245
2022-01-24 L22: Outreach: radio W21: Simulated interviews
2022-01-26 L23: Why scientific writing sucks W21: Interviews, continued
2022-01-27 L24: Beauty and humour W23: Jargon Ch 28 A8: Blog post


Christian G. Gavilanes J. M.A.

Master of Arts in English Teaching. EFL and MPILE instructor. Responsible of the English Section in PUCE’s Language Center.

His research is focused in EFL Pedagogy, Literature and Linguistics.


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Scientific Writing in English

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