The massive online open course (MOOC) “How to write (science) better” shows students and academics of various engineering disciplines how to choose words and phrases to construct well-polished sentences, and how to combine sentences to produce readable specialist texts. The course consists of eight lessons with videos, quizzes and progress tests. Each lesson is accompanied by numerous examples from abstracts and full journal papers written in English by Polish research students and established scientists.

The aim of this course is to share with science writers that composing a specialist text can rely on simple English that provides tools to write concisely and in a well-organized manner. These tools, common to the so-called Plain English, are applicable on lexical, sentential and textual levels. As a result, a piece of specialist writing is easier to produce and it can reach a wider readership, for the economy of expression and a clear structure are always valued by specialist and non-specialist readers.

Course registration: 20th September 2020 – 5th January 2021, 
The course starts on 1st October 2020 and finishes on 30th January 2021.

The instructor is Monika Śleszyńska, a lecturer at the Foreign Language Centre.

Monika Sleszynska

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