Working Group "Academic English"

Working Group "Academic English"

The idea behind the working group is to offer you an opportunity to enhance your written and oral skills in scientific English to help you progress in your academic career. Doctoral researchers from all fields are invited to participate.

If you are interested in improving your scientific English to write and communicate more effectively, then you are welcome to attend our monthly meetings. During these meetings, we will discuss individual questions and issues, ranging from written text production and different text type conventions to oral presentations skills, grammar, and vocabulary.

Every meeting is designed as a complete unit and the topics for each session are tailored to your needs. You can attend the meetings on a regular basis, or you can come to individual sessions. You will benefit from a genuine and constructive feedback from the group and the tutor in an informal working atmosphere. There is no pressure to hand in any written texts or any other work. However, you are encouraged to participate actively, to think of questions related to your work, and to share these with us during the meetings.


Information on the working group

:  set up according to participants' needs
(about two sessions a month)

: Campus Saarbrücken


Fee: none

: see information in the top-right corner




  • For each PhD student, participation in the GradUS workshops is sponsored with 50 € per semester by the presidium of Saarland University, which are considered when calculating course fees.

  • Participation in every workshop is certificated. Towards the end of your PhD, you can also get a GradUS certificate for all GradUS workshops that you took part in.

  • Childcare can be provided for doctoral researchers with children for the duration of a particular GradUS event at no charge (see website "Kinderbetreuung").

  • Deduction from income taxes: We recommend trying to deduct the fees for the GradUS workshops from the German income taxes that you might have to pay (costs for advanced training measures).


Gerardine Pereira received her degree in English, German, and Educational Studies in 2010. Since then, she has been involved in research and teaching in English linguistics at Saarland University. In her dissertation project, Gerardine studies the relationship between speech, gesture, and gaze. In 2012, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of Chicago, where she conducted research in the study of gesture.