Working Group "Scientific English"

Working Group "Scientific English"

The working group "Scientific English" is targeted at doctoral researchers from all fields who are interested in improving their scientific English. During our informal meetings we discuss the participants’ individual problems concerning such issues as written text production, oral presentations, grammar and vocabulary, text type conventions, etc. There is also enough time for discussing any other topic of interest.

The topics for each session are set up according to the participants' needs. Since every meeting is designed as a complete unit, individual sessions can be skipped without the risk of falling behind. Hence, doctoral researchers are welcome to take part in the working group on a regular basis or during individual sessions depending on their needs and time.

Since the group is rather small and the working atmosphere informal, participants benefit from a genuine and constructive feedback from the group and the tutor. However, there is no pressure to hand in any written texts or present any results. The idea behind the working group is simply to offer doctoral researchers an opportunity to improve their written and oral skills in scientific English. 



Information on the working group

:  set up according to participants' needs
(about one session 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).


Since her graduation in Applied Linguistics and Culture in 2008, Agnieszka Gronek has been involved in research and teaching at Saarland University (MuTra, Career Service, GradUS) and at Johannes Gutenberg University, where she has mainly given translation classes. She is writing her doctoral thesis in the field of discourse interpreting at Heidelberg University.