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ESL Workshop- Academic Writing with Clarity

Clear writers do not over-use nominalization.  

We create abstract nouns (called nominalizations) when we turn verbs and adjectives into nouns. If we use lots of abstract nouns, readers will find our writing dense, especially when we make those abstract nouns the subjects of verbs. In this workshop, we discuss two principles that help us avoid this problem and more thoughtfully choose subjects and verbs that promote clarity.


Writing with Clarity

Writing clearly in English is a challenge for native and non-native writers alike. What is it in a sentence that makes readers judge it as complex and unclear or as direct and easily understood? What general principles can we follow that will enable us to revise a sentence so that readers will judge it as clear and concise? These are the questions we will explore throughout these workshops.

These ESL writing workshops are designed to unravel the complexities of crafting clear and concise English sentences, a challenge faced by both native and non-native writers. Through interactive sessions, we delve into the intricacies of sentence structure, uncovering what makes writing seem complex or straightforward to readers. Participants will learn and apply general principles of clarity and conciseness, empowering them to revise and enhance their writing for improved readability and impact. Join us to explore these fundamental questions and elevate your writing skills.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
4:00pm - 5:00pm
DALL 0149
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